Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jessie Gregerson and I am beginning my first summer here at Save the Harbor Save the Bay as a Senior Harbor Educator (and I am nothing short of ecstatic about it). I recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology and a minor in Urban Ecology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. I just staked out my home in this beautiful city in May.
I had the pleasure of spending this past week exploring the harbor and our program sites with my wonderful coworkers, most of whom are pictured below. It was a week full of "firsts" for me! For one, I touched a dead fish for the very first time. It was a beautiful mackerel that our staff plans to use as bait this summer at one of our many sites. This week also lead me to one of Boston's harbor islands for the very first time. Having been born and raised in the Southeast, I have spent very little time in the city of Boston and even less time exploring and discovering everything the harbor has to offer. So, the ferry pulled into the dock at George's Island, and I could really see the whole group's energy come alive. Something about roaming a civil war fort and listening to ghost stories with 30 new friends brings the smiles out. And that is exactly why I am so thrilled to be a part of this organization and to take part in their summer programs. Nothing would be more rewarding than to bring out the same goofy smile I wore all week in at least one child who is also experiencing the harbor for the first time, or the millionth time, and hopefully watching those kids catch a glimmer of everything they can do for the harbor, and and the harbor can do for them.
Until next time! - Jessie