What do Environmental Studies Majors do during the summer?
ENST students find many summer pursuits that complement their experiences in the program. We asked some of our current students about what they did last summer and here is the response we got.
Summer with Pacoima Beautiful
~ Noemi Pacheco-Ramirez
Ranch Work, Community Work, and Working with Kids
"I worked out in Petrolia for 7 weeks this summer on a 600+ acre ranch, which is in the Lost Coast section of Humboldt County. While I bucked hay, planted vegetables, and fixed water systems up and down the Mattole valley, I learned about sustainable farming practices. I also worked for the MRC (Mattole Restoration Council) and for the Lost Coast Kids Camp in which children from the surrounding Humboldt County area come to have adventures and explore for the summer. Hard farm labor, working with the community, and working with kids is what I did for most of my summer. It was a BLAST!"
Farming in Petrolia and Research Work at Marquette University
Saving Dolphins in Croatia
This past summer I spent some of my time in the beautiful country of Croatia. I worked with a nonprofit called Vivamar whose mission is to save the last remaining dolphin species in the northern Adriatic Sea. Two other species have already been driven out of the area due to overfishing and aggressive nautical tourism. In my time here I worked through the nonprofit with the local community to teach them about the important role the dolphins play in this ecosystem. The other volunteers and I also worked on writing a donation letter on Indiegogo to further help support their mission. Not only was this a great experience in working with a small nonprofit, but it also opened my eyes and my understanding to another culture and way of life.
~ Jenna Batchelder