Amy’s love for the outdoors developed at an early age through family camping trips and hikes, gardening with her mom who has a notorious “green thumb”, and rafting down the river with friends. As a California native, she loves her warm summers and takes advantage of every day by doing different activities outdoors. However, it was not until she attended Oregon State University that her love for being outside developed into a career path. Amy recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Science focusing on Conservation and Sustainability and a minor in Chemistry. After working at an outdoor nature school as an Environmental Education Intern last summer, she realized how much she loved teaching kids about the environment. She loves seeing the excitement of kids when they share her passion for the outdoors. Both of her parents are teachers and so it seems only natural for Amy to follow in their footprints. By combining her passion for nature and her new-found love for teaching, she has found her niche. This is her first summer working with the Mount St. Helens Institute and she is excited to delve in as an Education Intern.