Meet Melissa Gattrell, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

Growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania instilled in me a strong respect and understanding of the importance of taking care of the land. That respect and love for natural things grew when I moved to California at the age of 18 to become an adventure guide. I took groups backpacking, rock climbing and whitewater rafting. My playground has always been mountains, rivers and the ocean and I feel great importance in helping others see the value of wild places.

I attended Appalachian Bible College and studied recreation management. After college, I worked in outdoor education and adventure guiding until I joined the Coast Guard in 2013. My military experience was a great way to learn more about the ocean and serve the community through search and rescue. I had always been interested in the Forest Service and after my time in the military I wanted to get back into the recreation industry. The VetsWork program seemed like the perfect fit. I’m excited about how this internship will open doors for me into a career in the Forest Service.

Public Lands Stewards: How to Save the World!

I know exactly how to save the world. It’s by teaching the next generation how to LOVE science. It’s by teaching our kids how to examine the world around them. It’s by giving them the tools they need to discover on their own. It’s by getting them so excited about science that they want to share their wealth of knowledge with others. Continue Reading…

Public Lands Stewards: Busy as a Beaver!

“Busy as a beaver’ has been both my motto and theme these past few months working in the west Eugene wetlands. Though summer months slow down a bit for us on the field trip end of things with schools on break, we keep busy offering library programs, senior living programs, community events and wetland improvement projects. Continue Reading…