2017: Member - Katie Black

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Katie BlackAbout me. I grew up playing violin and spending time outdoors among the wide-open plains of Bismarck, N.D. I have always been interested in the natural world, but didn’t realize my passion for it until I attended college and got involved with sustainability movements on my campus. Over the course of my undergraduate studies, I had opportunities to research a variety of environmental issues in places ranging from the Midwest USA to India to Norway. These experiences changed my entire educational path and led me to graduate from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) with degrees in Biology and Environmental Policy in May of 2017. As a new transplant to Saint Paul, you can catch me around the area hunting for new music, searching for the tastiest restaurants, and walking the trails along the Mississippi.

About my service. My host site is the city of Saint Paul. As a member of the Natural Resources team, I will be engaging community members in environmental conservation through education and outreach programs. My role has a special emphasis on pollinator protection. Over the course of my service year, I will be connecting with community groups who are interested in education activities, developing curriculum that conveys the importance of pollinators in our communities, and assessing the effectiveness of our outreach. I will also be planning and overseeing the installation of pollinator-friendly gardens at sites around the community.

Why I serve. I serve in Minnesota GreenCorps because it offers the opportunity to explore many of my varied interests - community engagement, education, local government, and conservation biology – in one service opportunity. Besides allowing me to further explore potential career paths, Minnesota GreenCorps also offers a unique opportunity to connect with professionals and leaders in the community I serve while simultaneously allowing me to further develop the workplace skills needed for my professional life after GreenCorps.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. The Twin Cities. Lush parks, a vibrant music scene, and many neighborhoods with unique character are just a few of the reasons why I love this place.