Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kelly Randall- About me!

Hello everybody!

My name is Kelly Randall and I will be a Senior Harbor Educator this summer with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay! This will be my first summer with STH, and I am beyond excited to get started- this is my first blog post of many, and I would like to take the time to tell you a little bit about myself!

I grew up on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut where I spent my summers exploring our beaches and waters on kayaks, sailboats, and stand-up paddleboards (needless to say- I love the water!)

Exploring tide pools in New Zealand
Ever since I was a child I have had a strong interest in our oceans, and knew that I would want to spend my life studying all they have to offer. I took my first Marine Science class in high school, and fell in love with the subject. I then went on to study Environmental Studies and Marine Sciences at Stony Brook University on Long Island. While completing my degree, I had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad in New Zealand at the University of Auckland. While there, I was able to further develop my knowledge and passion about Marine Sciences while studying the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Biology, as well as Ecological Restoration. I was also able to begin my SCUBA certification and had the opportunity to dive in the beautiful (but cold!) New Zealand waters- I even got to see a Little Blue Penguin in the wild!

My varied experiences and passion for my studies have led me here- to Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization, teaching kids about the Boston Harbor and the importance of its conservation! I am eager to scour the beaches for horseshoe crabs and explore the Boston Harbor islands, as I am not a native Bostonian. My favorite lessons to teach are ones that enable kids to get up close and personal with some sea creatures- nothing is more exciting than pulling a crab trap out of the water and seeing what critters you’ve caught!

As I have said, I can’t wait to get this summer started! I am most looking forward to meeting new people, leading engaging activities centered on the Boston Harbor, and hanging out with some famous Boston lobsters!

Hope to see you on the beaches!


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