Each summer, we welcome college students to intern with us for a hands-on learning experience. This summer, three brilliant students are working on independent research projects to improve our visitor experience.
Education Director, Kelley Lang, says, “Adding interns each summer during our busiest season adds significant benefits to our small education team. The work of our interns leaves a lasting and meaningful contribution to our organization. I am proud to say that each summer the interns whom we host leave Asbury Woods each fall better for their efforts.”
Luke is studying Biology, pre-physical therapy and Environmental Sustainability. He is a Corry resident, attending school at Eastern Mennonite University. The combination of educational experience and fieldwork is what attracted him to Asbury Woods.
After college, Luke intends to continue his education and study Environmental Law. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, and golfing. You’ll see Luke around the boardwalk where he is taking an inventory of native plants and removing invasive species.
Shane is a Pittsburgh native studying Environmental Science at Penn State Behrend. Shane enjoys fishing and camping. He’s excited to get experience in the nonprofit sector working with an environmental agency. Shane will graduate this fall and he hopes to go into the water treatment field after graduation.
You might run into Shane on the trails this summer. His current project is creating new trail maps with GIS software.
Jessie is an Edinboro resident and Environmental Science major at Penn State Behrend. Her enthusiasm for plants, rocks, and wildlife inspired her to also pursue minors in Sustainability and Biology. Jessie attended our summer camps as a kid and also volunteered with us in high school.
Jessie enjoys backpacking, cross-country skiing, and trail running. We’re glad to have her with us once again. You might spot Jessie around one of our wetlands. She’s working on mapping them out to see how they have changed over the past 30 years.
If you see any of the interns, please say hello, from a distance of course.