2017: Member - Jackie Seamans

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Jackie SeamansAbout me. I was born and raised in Excelsior, Minn. My family did not get the chance to travel often so when I attended the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire I took every chance I could to see new places. I had the opportunity to do research in Scotland, Lithuania, Greece, and Michigan, which allowed me to experience different cultures, landscapes, and people. My appreciation for the environment began after learning about the natural processes that shape our world and how humans have changed it dramatically in such a small amount of time. I graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in Environmental Geography and hope to attend graduate school and get a Masters in Water Resources.

About my service. I am a member of the Stormwater track serving with the Carver County Water Management Organization. My service is focused on increasing stormwater awareness by creating educational resources for the community, attending community events, and helping to enhance our social media presence. A large portion of my time will also be spent redeveloping best management practices (BMP) project sheets, case studies, and continuing with inventory.

Why I serve. I serve with Minnesota GreenCorps to make a difference and develop as a professional. MN GreenCorps is providing me with the opportunity to work with people who have different backgrounds and values but with one overarching goal: conservation of the environment. I hope that by serving with MN GreenCorps I can learn valuable skills, decide where I want to take my career, and educate others.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. My family has a cabin on Lake Vermillion (about 90 miles north of Duluth) and we try to visit several times a year. I love being up there because it is so quiet, peaceful and there is so much wildlife to see. Every morning you wake up to the sound of loons calling to each other, which is one of the best sounds in the world.