We're taking some time to feature and thank some of the staff members that have worked with us this year. Our first person is Program Instructor Klynn! Thank you for joining us and the students outside this year!
Where are you from?
I grew up in Lake Elsinore, CA, went to college in Santa Barbara, CA, but have also lived in Louisiana, Virginia, Italy, Australia, and the Solomon Islands.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Favorite Disney movie?
There are so many to choose from!! But I’d have to go with Up.
What was your favorite class / teacher in school?
My all time favorite class was a Methods of Environmental Health and Science course during my study abroad in Australia/Solomon Islands! We performed lots of hands-on research practices in temperate rainforests, inactive volcanic islands, and coral reefs. My professor for this course had such a passion for science himself, and that really inspired me to push further in my own research, it was a course I will never forget!
What brought you to TP?
What drew me to Thousand Pines was the camaraderie of the staff, fun working environment, and beautiful location in the mountains! I grew up always going to science camp, and Thousand Pines seemed like the perfect place where I could go back and use my degree to help spark a passion and curiosity of science in younger students, giving back in a way to those who poured into me at camps when I was younger.
What's your favorite Trail at TP and why?
I LOVE the Botany Trail because you really get the chance to explore away from camp and out into the forest. You get to see a change of seasons when you’re out there, from the fall leaves to the heavy snow in the winter, it becomes very picturesque. Stopping to tell stories about the Mystery Tree, Twin Brothers, and Mama Oak have always been a favorite, there are just some really neat opportunities to see nature up close and let the students experience that!
What's your favorite Camp meal?
Taco Tuesday dinner! I love Mexican Food so the chicken tacos were my fave, but I also couldn’t resist having a churro…or three!
What's your favorite dance from dance night?
My go-to dance that I would teach was the Cowboy Macarena, I loved telling an elaborate history behind the dance before teaching the students. I love the Interlude though! So fun & high energy!
What 5 things would you carry in your survival pack?
I am looking forward to pursuing my career in the environmental sciences field, hopefully in conservation or climate change mitigation. Whatever I end up doing, I always hope it will involve something outdoors! There is so much to see, explore, research, and learn from the outdoors, so having a job that would allow me to do all those things would be a blast!