Celebrating TeenNat contributions to science

When our TeenNat interns first arrived at Pepperwood this summer, they brought with them a desire to learn more about the natural world and how to protect it. They left as aspiring scientists who made meaningful contributions to conservation research and in return received college-application-boosting experience and the skills and passion to continue making a difference.

On August 12th, interns celebrated the conclusion of a 5-week summer internship with friends and family, as we unveiled a new Dwight Center Gallery exhibit featuring their very own nature photography taken at Pepperwood during their internship.

We think the best way to capture the spirit of TeenNat is to share excerpts from speeches given by two interns at this event.


Overall I can say it was truly a life changing experience for me and may others here today. Each and every one of us were opened up to the world of conservation science, different career paths, problem solving, and teamwork through this program.
– Aimee Armstrong, 15

This internship has been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had… it fulfilled my dream of being a real scientist… Pepperwood’s TeenNat has given interns a new look into the scientific field and what it holds for our future.
– Chloe Howard, 16

 
 

Photo: 2016 interns Chloe Howard and Aimee Armstrong gave speeches at the August 12th TeenNat gallery opening and celebration

2016 TeenNat by the numbers

  • 23 TeenNat interns
  • 525 species observations collected
  • 10 different preserve locales visited
  • 90 hours logged by each intern
  • 12 different local schools represented

Want to learn more?

Click here to read a great article about TeenNat in the Press Democrat, or click here to visit the TeenNat page of our website.

TeenNat would not be possible without the support of donors and members like you. Your gift ensures more teens will have the opportunity to participate in this immersive experience that many past interns have called nothing short of life-changing!

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