Although Natalie was raised in the suburbs of Raleigh, that didn’t keep her from discovering a love of nature. From exploring nearby creeks to climbing up way too high in trees, she found an intrinsic motivation to care for the environment around her. Visits to science museums as a child helped to foster that love of being in nature into a love of learning about nature. Inspired to pass on that passion to others, Natalie found a way to cultivate those experiences at Appalachian State University where she received a B.S. in Sustainable Development with a concentration in environmental studies and a focus in conservation and outreach. After working in environmental education in museum settings at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, and serving as the Education Coordinator for RiverLink through AmeriCorps Project Conserve (ACPC), Natalie is excited to return to ACPC for a second term in the role of Community Engagement Associate at Conserving Carolina. In this position, she hopes to expand her background in education to help community members connect with the beautiful natural areas in Western North Carolina. When not working, you can find Natalie exploring the gorgeous outdoor spots around Asheville, hanging out with her cat or visiting animal shelters, and eating good food.