My name is Sarah and while I am originally from Aurora, Illinois, I have lived in Iowa City for the past five years. Some of my favorite things to do in town are rollerblading the Iowa River Corridor Trails and trying new restaurants in the area. When I get out of Iowa, I love to drive up to my family’s cabin in Wisconsin to kayak, fish, and hike around our property; it’s one of my favorite places. 


Most of my former jobs were outside, which culminated in me interning for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, an opportunity that changed the trajectory of my career. I picked up the basics of stewardship and species identification while getting to travel the state of Iowa and spend an entire summer out in the prairie. When I returned to Iowa City for my final year of undergrad, I also began a year of half-time service with Bur Oak’s first-year AmeriCorps stewardship program. Just this past Spring, I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and a certificate in Sustainability. 


I decided to return for a second AmeriCorps year, this time functioning as a Land Management Crew Lead. This year I’m hoping to get some experience in project planning and prairie restoration techniques and to refine my species identification skills with the help of our new crew. I don’t know what the future will hold for my career after this year, but I have a love for the tallgrass prairie and would be happy anywhere where I get to help manage that ecosystem.