By Colleen Schmit
I started as the Development and Community Engagement Coordinator at the ERC in late September, and I already love it! Right now I’m working with the donor database to ensure the ERC has the resources to continue our impactful programs into the future. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few of the youth education programs, and it’s wonderful to see how the kids interact with the natural world.
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology, and Spanish. I became interested in non-profit organizations while working with the Earth Science Women’s Network on communications, event planning, and donor relations. My interest in conservation easements led me to work with the Wood River Land Trust as the Stewardship Intern during the summer of 2017. It was a great way to explore the area and get to know people, and I am thrilled to be staying in the valley. I enjoy the scenic opportunities for hiking, running, and backpacking. This summer I had a great time learning to identify new plants and birds. I’m looking forward to cross country skiing when the snow comes.
It would be great to meet you, so please stop by the ERC office to say hi!