Hey everyone! My name is Sofia Petros-Gouin and I am a rising junior at Columbia University, majoring in American Studies and Sustainable Development with a special concentration in Education. I will be interning at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where I am excited to work as the science education intern. A New Yorker for much of my life, this will be my first time in Colorado!
Much of my academic research focuses on the environmental and social history of energy infrastructure and development in the United States and the rise of the conservation movement and environmental justice. I am also deeply interested in the viability of non-traditional and experimental education models. Through much of my work, I’m seeking to ask how can we educate others, especially young people, about the outdoors, environmental justice and work towards de-privileging and protecting natural space? I have worked extensively in outdoor education initiatives and on environmental justice campaigns in New York and I am excited to bring this energy and desire to learn to my time at Rocky Mountain!
This summer I’m excited to learn about career opportunities and realities within the Park Service, to gain the necessary skills to develop, implement and lead original public and interpretive programs, to expose myself to guiding and wilderness education strategies that can be applied across a variety of age groups and to establish connections in the regional network and local environmental/conservation organizing.
I’m excited to start this journey and call such a beautiful place my home for the summer! I’m one of the first of the seasonal staff on site, so I’m excited to get to meet everyone at the end of this week and begin staff training soon!
Attached are photos of me arriving at the airport and a gorgeous view of the park I get to see from the local grocery store.