2017: Member - Shane DeGroy

2017 Minnesota GreenCorps member Shane DeGroyAbout me. I was born in the Twin Cities, grew up here, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy, & Management. Since then, I have been working and serving to advance science all around the world: from Everglades National Park in Florida, to McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica, and all around Minnesota. If there are two things I’m passionate about, they are travel and the environment.

About my service. I am serving in the Urban Forestry track in Hennepin County. At the time of writing this, I am only a month in, but I have assisted in planting over 500 trees across the county. These have ranged from fruit trees at elementary schools to teach the students about where food comes from, to shade trees along boulevards and at libraries, to habitat trees at conservation easements. Hennepin is a large and diverse county, and therefore necessitates many large and diverse urban forestry projects.

Why I serve. There is a Greek proverb which states, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I know I’m not an old man yet, but I’m trying to get a head start on the whole “society grows great” thing. This type of service provides a satisfaction at the end of the day that I just haven’t experienced in many of my other endeavors. It feels good to help others, and when it makes you feel good, it’s easy to serve.

My favorite place to visit in Minnesota. It really depends on the season. In summer, you can find me geocaching down at Frontenac State Park. In fall, I’d love nothing more than to sit by the lake and take in the beautiful leaves changing up at George Crosby Manitou State Park. And in the winter? There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the prairie covered in sparkling frost down at Minneopa State Park.