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Danielle Butts' internship in Kodiak, Alaska, provided adventure and education. Shown here eating lobster.

Danielle Butts' internship in Kodiak, Alaska, provided adventure and education

Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska

“My internship taught me about my skills and interests, and it took me outside of my familiar environment in Ohio,” says Danielle Butts, a senior in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, who spent summer of 2016 completing an exciting internship at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Kodiak, Alaska.

The refuge emphasizes research on birds and bears in particular, with a larger focus on natural resources as a whole.

During her time at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, she worked at an environmental education camp for children who ranged in age from kindergarten through eighth grade.

During her time at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, she worked at an environmental education camp for children who ranged in age from kindergarten through eighth grade.

“The camp changes it theme every three years; this year we focused on the theme of natural cycles, and we taught a different cycle each day. For example, we taught soil cycles, the salmon life cycle, how to recycle, and so on.”

Butts also notes that each week was full of adventures and activities to keep the campers interested in the subject of natural resources. Many of their activities were outdoor-based, including games, hikes, nature photography, fishing, and even an archeological dig.

 

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