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The 2012 summer interns’ work focused on the lower meadow area of the forest adjacent to Beckers Lane. The area was previously overgrown with invasive shrubs which were pulled to widen the area for future student use. The kiosk and cabin area were spruced up and trails were cleared of hanging grapevines, leaf debris and fallen branches.
The student interns have all completed several individual proposals which include a meadow walkway, trail graveling, cabin beautification, and fire circle. Other research included a pedestrian walkway connecting the campus to the forest which will require further research. These proposals will serve as a foundation to the master plan of creating an environmental education center in our own backyard.
With the interns’ hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for the preservation of this forest our vision is one step closer to making this dream a reality.
Meet the Interns
Lindsey Arotin, Senior Environmental Studies, Penn State Altoona
Originally from Hollidaysburg, Lindsey currently lives in Altoona. Before enrolling at Penn State Altoona to continue her education, Lindsey lived in Alaska and then served active duty in the Air Force for 6 years. She enjoys exploring new places and has had the opportunity to travel a fair amount of the US and Europe. She chose the Environmental Studies program because she has always been naturally drawn to the outdoors, science, and the humanities. After graduation Lindsey plans on continuing her education by attending grad school.
Dylan Dando, Junior Environmental Studies, Penn State Altoona
Originally from Blairsville PA, he currently resides in Altoona, PA. After he graduated from high school, he wanted to be a biology teacher so he had originally enrolled as a Biology major. Shortly after that, he made decision to switch to the Environmental Studies program with a minor in Biology. The program was a good fit for Dylan because of his extensive experience and love of the outdoors. When asked about his plans after graduation, he would like to keep his options open to see what kinds of jobs are available. He also has an interest in attending graduate school.
Karly Kubat, Junior Environmental Studies, Penn State Altoona
Karly is originally from Ebensburg PA, where she currently resides. She came into the Environmental Studies program right out of high school. As a freshman in high school, she had a history teacher who showed the film An Inconvenient Truth. Ever since then she was determined to pursue an education in the environmental field. She has always had a love of the outdoors and is very passionate about the environment. One of her most memorable travels involved a trip to the Grand Canyon and she plans to continue her travels upon graduating. Karly has always wanted to make a difference somehow by influencing and educating people about the environment. At the beginning of her education she had aspirations of working for a non-profit or lobbying group in Washington DC or Harrisburg. However, she has since realized to need for change locally and working on environmental issues in a smaller area is just as important as working on them in a bigger city. She is keeping her options open.
Environmental Studies Project Coordinator
Office: 209 Hawthorn building