2017: Member - Emily Johnson

2017 GreenCorps member Emily JohnsonAbout me. Though I was born in Minnesota, I grew up on a farm on the Big Island of Hawaii where I spent all day outside roaming my 21 acres of rolling pasture playground. Needless to say, I fell in love with nature. I decided to come back to Minnesota for college to rekindle my love for the changing seasons and reconnect with my younger childhood. I graduated in May 2017 from Macalester College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Geology. I love spending time with my dogs, stargazing, playing in the dirt and muck, hiking, and any activity in, on, and around the water.

About my service. As a member of the Stormwater track serving with the Anoka Conservation District, I wear many hats (a common theme for those in the field). I spend my time inspecting current stormwater BMPs, inventorying and consolidating stormwater education materials that currently exist within Anoka County, and developing and distributing comprehensive community outreach materials.

Why I serve. Being involved in something greater than myself is what drives me to serve. Engaging the younger generation in environmental stewardship is a lifelong goal of mine, so a successful day for me is when I can inspire someone to be as passionate about protecting our environment as I am.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota: The Lake Harriet band shell. The nostalgia I feel in this park is worth every minute it takes to drive there from the northern suburbs where I live now. This place was my stomping ground as a young kid, and now, dipping my toes in the cold water and feeling the sound of the music reverberate off the ceiling of the band shell, my sense of childhood wonder is renewed. I’m reminded of how the power of a place and a memory can shape someone’s life, like Lake Harriet has shaped mine.