Emma’s passion for nature and the outdoors started early with parent-guided explorations of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near her childhood home. She has always been at home in forests, but when she left her woods in Michigan for college among the gently rolling hills of Minnesota, she learned to love the prairie as well. While in college, Emma served as president of the Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts, helping run the club and plan outdoor adventures for her classmates. She also spent time learning and teaching the natural history of Minnesota as a naturalist in Carleton College’s Cowling Arboretum. Emma majored in biology and was a TA in for several biology classes. Her junior year, she had the opportunity to spend a semester backpacking through Chilean Patagonia, working with local park rangers and a small team of students and instructors on conservation research. She has worked stewardship jobs in both Michigan and Minnesota, monitoring vegetation communities in restored and conserved lands. Emma likes to say that she loves being outside, learning about outside, and teaching other people about outside. She is a lover of baking, and wholeheartedly believes that all cookies should contain chocolate.