End of the Year Reflections

With just one week left of the 2012-2013 Resident Program, we took a minute to reflect back on the year.  The following are interviews with our Field Instructor Intern Staff; what did they learn from their year at the CVEEC, what memories stand out, and what advice do they have for next year’s intern team?

Chris

CHRIS

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

I will never forget Josh and I being outside for festival of lights during our Choimus celebration.  We had a raging fire, a positive attitude, rock-hard-frozen Choimus bread and almost 4 layers of clothing each…between the wind, snow, and ice, it was an unforgettable time and an awesome bonding experience.

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

I learned that a watershed is an area of land that drains down-slope to the lowest point, which can be an ocean, lake, stream, river, pond, etc.

Any advice for future interns?

The kids love being here, so feed off of their energy and make this an amazing experience for them; because I guarantee you that you will have just as great an experience if you put forth the effort.

Plans for the summer/next year?

I am working here all summer for Summer Camp, and then next year I have the privilege of joining the returning staff here for the 2nd year internship.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

All therivers Run.

BARB 2

BARBORA

Favorite quote from a camper?

During Watershed Story hike:

“Why have we changed from bacteria to people? Bacteria have no problems, and we have so many problems….“

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

I realized I really would like to stay in field of environmental education and this year helped me to make it clear how I would like to do it.

Any advice for future interns?

Be flexible, creative and a good team player.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Travel around USA by bikes.

What will you miss most about the EEC?

This beautiful place and nice people.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Great life experience.

Ben

BEN

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

Riding my bike 16.5 miles to work when my car didn’t start.

Favorite quote from a camper?

Me- Does anyone know what the prefix Paleo refers to?

Camper- Isn’t that the disease that one president had?

Any advice for future interns?

Take time to have fun and jokes with your co-workers, and to take in your beautiful surrounds all seasons and times of the year.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Staying here as a Summer Teaching Intern

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Forest-friends- future

Katie 2

KATIE

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

During my writing class, a student was sitting next to me on a log and turned to me to say that she had never heard that sound before. She meant the sound of the wind through the trees.

Any advice for future interns?

Have good waterproof shoes, a good raincoat, and good winter boots.

Plans for the summer/next year?

Summer – Staying at the EEC as a Summer Teaching Intern.  Next year – Moving down to Cincinnati for graduate school at the University of Cincinnati for a masters in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

What will you miss most about the EEC?

The people. And the trees.

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Exhausting brilliant fun.

Tess

TESS

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

I learned how to identify trees by leaves, bark and buds!

Any advice for future interns?

Be confident in your skills and listen to what others have to offer. You will learn a lot by being open to new information. Knowledge is everywhere in the park!

Plans for the summer/next year?

Working at an Environmental Education Center in Florida

What will you miss most about the EEC?

All the wonderful friends that I made here! I think of them as my family (and probably see them more often than my real family)

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Adventurous, exciting, rewarding

Rudy

RUDY

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

That bird watching is way cooler than I ever imagined

Favorite quote from a camper?

“I love you Mr. Salamander! I love you!”

Plans for the summer/next year?

Victory lap at the CVEEC!!!

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Watersheds, Pervious, and Amazing

Josh

JOSH

What is a moment you will never forget from this year at the EEC?

The first time a barred owl responded to our calls.

Favorite quote from a camper?

“I wish I could live here!”

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

Patience is a necessity; coffee is a nice bonus.

Any advice for future interns?

Get some sleep when you can.

Plans for the summer/next year?

CVEEC redux

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Hike. Teach. Watershed.

Martin

MARTIN

Any advice for future interns?

Be on time, don’t mess up the things and don’t be so serious

Plans for the summer/next year?

Traveling

What will you miss most about the EEC?

That spruce forest between White Pines and Lipscomb

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

Fun, food, fun

Karie

KARIE (2nd year)

Favorite quote from a camper?

“Miss Karie, this is the best day of my life.”

Any advice for future interns?

Sleep whenever you can and make sure you take the time to have fun!

Plans for the summer/next year?

I will be returning to the West End YMCA to be a Unit Director for the Trailblazer Unit which contains the 6 and 7 year olds. After the summer is over I’m not sure where I’ll be!

What will you miss most about the EEC?

I will miss working with my friends and the great experience of living and working in a National Park!

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

What just happened? (kidding)

Rewarding, FUN, Exhausing

Julia

JULIA (2nd year)

One thing you learned from the year. (Life skills/Facts)

The forest may be rough, but at the end of the day these interns are your life preservers and they’ll get you through the choppy seas!

Any advice for future interns?

Be a team player.

Plans for the summer/next year?

For the summer I will be here as a Summer Teaching Intern and in the fall I will be here for a third year as the Education Programs Intern

Sum up the internship with just 3 words:

It’s the forest.

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2 Responses to End of the Year Reflections

  1. Windstream Mail says:

    Hi I was volunteering at cycle school today in the park. We had a school that had been to CVEEC this year. You will be glad to know that they remembered what they were taught we were able to have some nice discussions along a bike route You guys are great Pat smith

    Sent from my iPad

    • CVEEC says:

      Thanks Pat! It’s great to hear the students remembered our lessons after they left. Hope you had a wonderful day biking! Thanks for volunteering in the park.

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