In the woods of the Pacific Northwest is where my outdoor adventures in backpacking, skiing, and camping established a passion for wildlife. Exposure to conservation efforts as a youth lead me to study creatures both big and small through a B.S. in Biology. As an educator I have found that connecting others to my passions for science, conservation, and wildlife is as rewarding as experiencing them for myself. As the Education Coordinator, my goals are to bring our international conservation programs to life for our community through new exhibits, tours, and events. It is a great honor to also work as one of our raptor trainers, and I am thrilled to have been recognized by the IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) for work done with Penny, our female American Kestrel, who now exhibits hovering, a wild hunting behavior, on cue for guests. The most rewarding aspect of my work is creating experiences for youth to discover new aspects of conservation and wildlife with a growing passion and understanding of their role in the world around them.