BR Welcomes Interns from Wofford College

Posted on July 6, 2015 by Borderlands Restoration in Volunteering
Karen & Sam having fun harvesting Huachuca Agave for use in restoration.

Karen & Sam having fun harvesting Huachuca Agave for use in restoration.

Harvesting plants, building rainwater harvesting structures, propagating plants, studying invasive grasses and pollinators, and data entry – Oh My! Borderlands’ interns are busy helping out with many tasks this summer. Karen Gravely and Sam Parrott from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina have come to Patagonia to gain experience in the field of conservation. The two bring their southern charm & hard work ethic to the BR team, and we are so grateful to have their help.

Karen Gravely comes all the way from Pickens, South Carolina to join BR for the summer. She ventured to Patagonia in search of a theme for her senior capstone project. She is interested in wildlife corridor connectivity and the policy that makes conservation happen. A plant enthusiast, Karen is enjoying her time exploring the various facets of BR: from greenhouse to invasive species to collaborative conservation and pollination ecology. She is hopeful that not only will this opportunity lead up to an awesome senior project, but will inspire future students to branch out and investigate the world of conservation. Karen is a double major in environmental studies and government at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. BR is so happy to have her help this summer!

Sam Parrott just graduated from Wofford College in South Carolina with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in business. He jumped at the opportunity to come to Patagonia and intern with Borderlands, having heard, “nothing but the highest praises for you all, the work that you’re doing.” He is excited to explore the beauty of the sky islands region and to help out in any way he can. Sam will be helping out on many activities, but his work will focus on invasive Lehman’s lovegrass. Welcome Sam!

For more on BR’s internship programs, check out our internship page.

Sam and Karen building rainwater harvesting basins at Deep Dirt Farm Institute.

Sam and Karen building rainwater harvesting basins at Deep Dirt Farm Institute.

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