Thursday, June 28, 2018

From Scripps to Senior Harbor Educator... HEY!

Hellooooo fish friends!

My name is Kaya and I am thrilled to be joining the Save the Harbor, Save the Bay team this summer as a Senior Harbor Educator (SHE)!! I first became interested in environmental issues in the third grade, when a group of friends and I started an environmental group called the Sprouts of Hope in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although I grew up just across the Charles River, my visits to the Boston Harbor were somewhat infrequent, so I’m excited to learn more about Boston’s waters and its many islands!

My interest in marine conservation and advocacy efforts has always been intertwined with my passion and love for oceans and marine critters. I’ve always enjoyed tide pooling, playing with periwinkles and sea stars, and just being on the water—whether kayaking, clamming, fishing, or just splashing around!

My interests further developed throughout my four years in southern California at Scripps College, where I studied environmental analysis, biology, and Spanish. My junior year, I had the opportunity to study conservation ecology abroad in Ecuador. During my summers, I followed my passion for environmentalism by interning at the Franklin Park Zoo here in Boston, studying golden orb spiders in Costa Rica, and, this past summer, I conducted independent research for my undergraduate thesis in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Spot the odd looking sea lion...

I’m extremely passionate about marine ecology/biology, and environmental issues—especially relating to animals, education, and social justice issues! Feel free to chat with me about attending school on the other coast, animal-related ecology research, or just ask me questions or advice about whatever! I’d love to get to know YOU better this summer, and am here if you ever wanna talk about anything!

I am so incredibly lucky to be back in Boston temporarily, and to get the opportunity to work on the harbor doing what I love—environmental education with youth! I am so excited to be working with likeminded, passionate individuals who are committed and determined to making a difference! Especially in our current society, it is so vital that we all work together to do what we can to help better our oceans, environments, and overall planet. I can’t wait to learn more about the Boston Harbor Islands, and to explore the Atlantic Ocean with you! J

SEA you soon!

~Kaya Mark~

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