Beginning My TerraCorps Service Year

Sophia (the new TerraCorps member) at Cape Elizabeth, in a black cardigan sweater, purple shirt, and black pants. Her hair is also purple.

TerraCorps member Sophia at Cape Elizabeth in Maine

BY SOPHIA KARR
When I was little, I would go on long walks in the woods near my house with my parents. My dad showed me all kinds of birds and forest critter, while my mom, brother, and I picked wild blueberries and blackberries. In freshman year of high school for an earth science project I collected 40 leaves, pressed, labeled, and put them into a binder. At Mount Holyoke, the president of the college spontaneously cancels classes one day each fall and everyone goes and climbs Mt. Holyoke, it’s called Mountain Day and its the best day each fall semester. For as long as I can remember being outside and involved in nature has been both exciting and important to me.

After I graduated in May with my environmental studies degree, I knew I wanted to work somewhere that not only valued nature but prioritized protecting it. One of my Mount Holyoke professors recommenced TerraCorps to me and it was with great pleasure that I accepted a service position here at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. If you see me in the woods or on the trails, I love to meet new people and swap stories. I hope to see you all very soon.