“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan



On March 1st I woke up at 4 am to catch my flight for San Diego, California, where I would begin my week-long training with Environment for the Americas. I felt excited and a little nervous, but I arrived in San Diego to find an astounding group of people dedicated to working in conservation. I was so happy to be surrounded by such passionate and knowledgeable people with whom I shared similar experiences.

My name is Blanca Lopez and I was born and raised in Washington state. I grew up in the agricultural town of Royal City, where my family constantly had a small garden and farm full of chickens and goats. Most of our time was spent outside playing, feeding the animals, or doing yard work. I didn’t know it then, but this would foster my love and affinity for nature and the outdoors.

Along the way I had many teachers and coaches who reinforced this love of nature in me. At Wenatchee Valley College I took a geography class with professor Joan Qazi, and, let me tell you, she is an amazing professor! Not only did I learn about geography, but I was motivated to learn more about the world and what I could do to help. The next quarter I decided to take Professor Qazi’s Introduction to Sustainability course. Her passion and conviction for the subject is inspiring, and I am grateful to have taken her classes. After that class I was determined to find a career in the field of sustainability. Later that year, in November, I got an email from Professor Qazi letting me know about this internship position at Team Naturaleza. It is everything I hoped for and more! Educating the community about nature, conservation, and getting safely outdoors is so much fun.

I am excited to continue growing in this internship and I hope you will join me!

See you next time!

Blanca Lopez

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