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Meet Our New Naturalist Interns!




We have eight new naturalist interns at Sierra Outdoor School for the 2016-2017 school year! They are all super excited to join the team. Here's some interesting information about them!


Robin VanHouten
Nature Name: Sun Dog
Hometown: Granite, Maryland
Fun Fact: Robin's dream job as a kid was to be an astronaut... and he still hasn't given up on that dream.
Best Nature Experience: He has seen a moose, bears, a grey wolf, and a mountain lion (only 30 yards away!).
If you could only eat one food item for the rest of your life what would it be? Bruschetta- roasted garlic, aioli, pesto, tomatoes, and good bread!


Amanda Colley
Nature Name: Salamanda
Hometown: Wingdale, New York
Fun Fact: Amanda was a part of a reforestation project in Ecuador and helped plant 1500 trees.
Best Nature Experience: While she was teaching and searching for amphibians, she witnessed hundreds of young toads emerging from the water for the first time!
Preferred superpower? Teleportation!
Brenna O'Halloran
Nature Name: Turkey Tail
Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota
Fun Fact: When living in Wisconsin, Brenna learned how to sail and wind surf on lakes.
Best Nature Experience: While she was snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, she saw amazing organisms like an octopus and she swam with sea lions and sea turtles.
If your life was made into a movie, which actress would you want to play you? Emma Stone.


Cassie Petrilla
Nature Name: Cricket
Hometown: Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Fun Fact: Cassie has traveled to every state except Alaska and Hawaii.
Best Nature Experience: While she was in Wyoming guiding hunters on horseback, she saw a grizzly bear catching fish in a river! 
If you could only eat one food item for the rest of your life what would it be? Peanut Butter.

Connor Reinecke
Nature Name: Lizard
Hometown: Bellingham, Washington
Fun Fact: Connor likes to build his own furniture.
Best Nature Experience: While camping in the North Cascades he came across several streams with trout. Since the water was shallow, he was able to run around and catch them by hand. He never felt more like an animal.
If you were a smell, what would you be? Fresh cut grass.

Elise Adams
Nature Name: Coyote
Hometown: Davis, California
Fun Fact: The weirdest thing she has ever eaten is beetle larvae.
Best Nature Experience: Elise got caught in a thunderstorm while backpacking in the Uinta Mountains and she found refuge in a cave.
Preferred superpower: Flying.

Kelsey Roberts
Nature Name: Goose
Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming
Fun Fact: Kelsey had two pet chinchillas growing up, their names were Chip and Dale.
Best Nature Experience: She used to guide sea kayaking trips in the Puget Sound and would often look in the water to find hundreds of sea jellies under her kayak!
If you could be a mythical animal, what would you be? Sasquatch.

Lauren Black
Nature Name: Blackberry
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Fun Fact: Lauren once swam with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean. 
Best Nature Experience: While in Colorado she climbed to the top of Mt. Audubon, which is 13,300 feet in elevation, with 18 other people.
If you could have one superpower what would it be? To be fluent in every language in the world.

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