My name is Elijah. My childhood was split between the deserts of Arizona and the mountains of northern Idaho. My immediate family consists of my mother, father, and my sister. I have always loved Nature and felt a very strong connection to it. I love hiking, cycling, kayaking, and swimming. I was blessed to grow up in a beautiful area in which there was lots of mountains, lakes, and trails that I could explore. I spent a lot of time hiking with my family growing up, which definitely played a major role in instilling my love of Nature deep within my being.
I decided to become an intern because it honestly sounds like my dream job. I am eager to learn more and advance my knowledge and understanding of forest stewardship, so I can potentially do this type of work full-time in the future. I am the most content when I am in nature, living in the wilderness. I am so excited to have this experience so I can get out of the city and return to the forest. What excites me most is the opportunity to learn and open up more possibilities for myself. After six months, I plan on using the scholarship towards a wilderness first responder certification, as well as wilderness first aid. My hope is that I will gain the experience and knowledge to help me get a job working in the wilderness and meet like-minded friends who share the same love of nature and the outdoors. 🙂