Tuesday, July 5, 2016

First Days on the Harbor

Hi everyone! 
My name is Grace Noble, and this is my first summer as a Senior Harbor Educator at Save the Harbor. I’m very excited to be a part of the Save the Harbor team, and I can’t wait to learn more about Boston’s marine environment this summer!   

The summer staff at Carson Beach

I am originally from a small city called Doylestown, which is near Philadelphia, PA. Growing up, I spent many of my summers at the beach in Cape May, New Jersey. I attended the University of Pittsburgh for college, where I studied biology and English and went abroad for a semester in Cape Town, South Africa. During college, I developed an interest in conservation biology and environmental issues, so I'm looking forward to learning about the biology of the Boston Harbor this summer!

After I graduated from college, I did research on the effects of coal mining on stream ecosystems in western Pennsylvania. I also worked in Texas as an outdoor education instructor and as a research assistant at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  I realized that I wanted to pursue a career teaching science, so I moved to Boston last year to attend graduate school for science education at Boston University. This fall, I'll be starting my first year as a high school biology teacher!
During orientation, I had a lot of fun trying things that I had never done before, including fishing off the dock, touring the Boston Harbor Islands, making a fish print with a flounder, and creating art by raking in the sand. I also got to explore parts of Boston that I hadn’t been to, like Piers Park in East Boston, the Boston Children’s Museum, and Black’s Creek in Quincy.

The staff at our orientation trip to the Boston Harbor Islands

In addition, I got to meet a lot of people who are committed to preserving Boston’s harbor environment and who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with the local community. My goals this summer as a Senior Harbor Educator are to have fun while exploring the harbor and teaching kids about Boston’s marine resources, to learn more about the history of the harbor, and to catch at least one fish (hopefully more)!


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