2017: Member - Alayna Johnson

2017 GreenCorps member Alayna Johnson

About me. I grew up in the north woods of Wisconsin, then ventured out to the prairie to attend college at the University of Minnesota - Morris. I moved to Duluth after graduating in 2016 with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in American Indian Studies. In recent years, I have felt a strong desire to be involved in efforts to translate the intricacies of science into public outreach and tangible changes. Since this realization, I have been applying my background in ecological research and natural resources to this overall task. In my free time, I enjoy pursuing photography and graphic design, hiking, foraging, DIY projects, and hanging out with whatever adorable animals are in my general vicinity.

About my service. I am serving with the city of Duluth to help improve the recycling and waste system in city parks and to assist with urban forestry and invasive species initiatives. Duluth has been gaining ground as a top outdoor recreation destination and Duluthians are very proud of our abundant trails and greenspaces within city limits. Continuing to cultivate and improve stewardship habits is vital to preserving our local ecosystem and identity, as well as fulfilling the city’s long-term economic and greenhouse gas emissions goals.

Why I serve. I serve because I believe in the inherent value of public service and public places. Serving with Minnesota GreenCorps has provided many opportunities to address environmental issues at a local level and to develop a deeper sense of engagement within my own community. Environmental stewardship is the kind of shared responsibility that requires the collaboration of so many different entities and people, and Minnesota GreenCorps provides a unique avenue for bringing them all together.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. Definitely anywhere along Minnesota’s North Shore. I grew up along Lake Superior and felt an overwhelming desire to return after college. The big lake is profoundly important to me as an Ojibwe person, a source of awe and humility, and a constant reminder of our shared responsibility towards water.