The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute has an AmeriCorps program that currently serves communities in the Moscow and Southern Idaho areas as well as the greater Portland region. Through 30 partnerships with schools, community-based organizations and government agencies, PCEI addresses critical environmental and equity issues in the areas of healthy watersheds, energy and resource conservation, environmental education and outreach, as well as sustainable community development.
National and Community Service programs meet critical needs in areas such as education, public safety, health and the environment through partnerships with public agencies, non-profits, faith-based and other local organizations.
Welcome our 2016-2017 AmeriCorps members!
Please come back and visit soon as we are in the process of adding our new members!
Delaney recently moved to the Palouse from Seattle in order to farm after graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. With roots in Denver, CO & New York City, NY she hopes to feel at home in Moscow, ID. Serving in her first AmeriCorps year as an Environmental Educator at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) has provided the opportunity for her to do what she loves! Exploring both human & non-human ecology, as well as giving her a chance to spark this exploration in others! She enjoys cooking with vegetable from the garden, reading library books, drinking lots of coffee, & making art with her friends!
Marie was born in Peoria, Illinois, but grew up north of Seattle in Woodinville, Washington. She has always loved being outside in the woods and would make “study areas” with her family in the greenbelt behind their house to study the changes brought on by animals and the seasons. She loves being outdoors and sharing her passion for nature with an enthusiastic audience. Marie has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Wildlife Ecology and is finishing her master’s degree in Environmental Science from University of Idaho. She has an extensive background with wildlife work including working with fawns and pygmy rabbits at WSU. Her experience with wildlife has led her to conclude that birds can only fly because they believe in themselves more than any other animal. Marie speaks French and is learning Hungarian. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, and British television.
Mia is currently serving a third AmeriCorps term, this time as the Environmental Educator on the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (for the 2nd time!) From the mountains of New Mexico (and the shores of the Monterey Bay in California before that, earning a bachelor’s in astrophysics), Idaho is a big change! Mia is thrilled to get to share a passion for science and a love of the outdoors with students and the community, to learn as a teacher. On days off, Mia enjoys hiking, reading, stargazing, and the occasional attempt at computer programming. Please visit Mia’s blog here.
Brian is serving his second term as an Idaho AmeriCorps member. His first term was at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center in Boise and now he is at the MK Nature Center in Boise. Brian loves teaching outdoors and recently completed the outdoor education program at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). He was born and raised in the Redwoods of northern California and moved to Boise in 1991. His education includes degrees in biology and geosciences from Boise State and a master’s in Natural Resources from University of Idaho (December 2016). He loves being outside and loves teaching, and is looking forward to working with others around Idaho to improve our community. You can follow his adventures from this year and last on his EcoCation blog at http://ecocation.blogspot.com/
Kenny grew up in southeastern Idaho and made his way to Moscow in 2011 to start college at the University of Idaho. He received his B.S. Degree in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems in 2016. Following his graduation, Kenny spent the first half of summer backpacking all throughout Idaho and Washington, a time in which his interest in environmental stewardship took root. He fell in love with the rolling hills of the Palouse during his time in college and could not be happier to return to Moscow as an AmeriCorps Restoration Technician for PCEI. In his free time, Kenny enjoys hiking, backpacking, golfing, working out, watching Quentin Tarantino films, reading, and obsessing over his favorite football team the San Francisco 49ers. Go Niners!
Growing up riding the subway in New York City, Kyle found himself eager to explore the West. Since then, he has graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and most recently lived in Idaho Falls. He is an avid backpacker, weather enthusiast and lover of nature. Now a resident of Albion, Washington, he is excited to get to work with PCEI helping young people experience and appreciate the values of nature, wilderness and the environment. He hopes to learn about the Northwest with his girlfriend Olivia and their two dogs Simba and Nala.
Dirk is an Idaho native who grew up in the small town of Idaho City. Upon graduating high school, he attended Montana Tech where he played basketball and earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Organismal Biology. For the next couple winters Dirk worked at a ski hill outside of Phillipsburg, MT as a ski and snowboard instructor as well as a rental technician. It was on the ski hill where he found his passion for working with kids. In 2013 he took his passion further by attending the graduate program at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) where he earned a graduate teaching certificate in Environmental Education as well as a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Dirk then moved back to his hometown to give back to his community by acting as the assistant high school girls’ basketball coach, Parks & Rec. Board member and Idaho Center for Outdoor Education team member. His free time is usually filled with camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. Dirk will be serving his first AmeriCorps term at the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS).
Melissa was born in San Diego, CA, but was raised on a small hobby farm in Emmett, ID. She decided to leave her trusty pack goats with her family after she fell in love with the coastal redwoods and received a track and field scholarship to Humboldt State University. During her final semester through the HSU Wildlife program, she conducted behavioral research on captive Caribbean Flamingos at the WWT in Slimbridge, England. Since then, her nomadic life as a wildlife field technician has taken flight, and her avian jobs have taken her to North Dakota, Arizona, Montana, and Puerto Rico. Melissa is excited that her adventures have returned her back to Idaho, and looks forward to meeting locals involved with conservation projects at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.”
Rose is a small town girl from Arkansas. Having had the great fortune of growing up in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, she spent most of her childhood hiking, caving, kayaking, and exploring the great outdoors! In an effort to continue to learn more about the beauty and biology of the natural world she loved, she attained Bachelors’ degrees in Biology and English from the University of Arkansas. She has previously worked on environmental studies involving migratory bird species, stream ecology, and macroinvertebrates. She has also volunteered her time to be involved in oral history interviews, historical record preservation, and environmental restoration. Most recently she was employed as a naturalist in Stanley, ID, the heart of the spectacular Sawtooth Mountains! In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, playing nerdy games, and being outside.
Nick was born in Fort Wayne, IN and lived for short stints in Indianapolis, IN and Tampa, FL. He received his B.S. Degree in Environmental Management from Indiana University. A diehard Chicago Cubs fan, Nick was ecstatic when they won the World Series at the end of the 2016 MLB season. Conversational in Spanish and Turkish, with interests in hiking, camping, gardening and all things outdoorsy, Nick is just like every other sensible individual living in the Northwest. Eclectic and weird. He will be working as a Natural Resource Technician with the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District through his term of service as an AmeriCorps. Nick is enthusiastic to do his part to help preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Palouse for future generations of humans and wildlife alike.
Rebecca was born in Seattle but moved to Idaho when she was two, and was able to grow-up in this great state. Numerous camping trips and educational drives with her family filled her early years where she was able to explore much that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She returned to Washington where received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. To avoid going insane from math homework, she would explore the Olympic Peninsula and Mt. Rainier area. She then went on to receive her Professional Science Master’s in Natural Resources & Environmental Science, tucked away in the rolling hills of the Palouse, at the University of Idaho. She enjoys swimming and reading books about aliens in her free time… The Truth is Out There. Rebecca currently serves with the Foothills Learning Center, teaching Environmental Education in Boise and hopes she can embody one of her heroes: Ms. Frizzle.
I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, just 20 miles south of Green Bay (Go, Pack, Go!). I earned my B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Biology with an emphasis on Ecology, along with a secondary major in Spanish. During this time, I worked as a Student Academic Apprentice, Academic Skills Center Tutor, and Undergraduate Researcher. I was also a McNair Scholar.
I went to graduate school at Oklahoma State University and earned my M.S. in Zoology. I researched the evolutionary ecology of a group of extremophile fish in Mexico, were I did my field research. I was four years into my PhD program, when I decided that research was not my passion, and to focus on science education. At the time, I was teaching Evolution, Animal Biology, and Introductory Biology.
In 2015 my husband, Blake, and I moved to the Treasure Valley, ID. Blake grew up in Boise, so I was very familiar with the area, and was particularly excited to have access to all the outdoor recreation Idaho’s public lands have to offer. I began working as an Instructor for the College of Western Idaho. I teach two courses – one with a general biology (everything from DNA to Ecology) to non-major students, and the other a cellular biology type course for majors. It was during my revisions of my non-majors course that I realized I had strong passion for environmental education.
In February, 2017, I began a position with AmeriCorps as an Environmental Educator at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. My focus is on developing an environmental education partnership with the Caldwell School District’s 4th grade classes. I also help run various other environmental education programs previously instated by the refuge. I believe this position will help broaden my experience in education, specifically outside of academia.
In 2017, I also officially joined Soroptimist International of Boise, a women’s education and advocacy group. Women’s education and rights have been long-standing passions of mine, and I felt I needed an outlet to express this specific facet of my personality, along with making some like-minded friends. I am excited to contribute to the work of this important group.
I also enjoy spending time with my family and dogs. We like going on adventures, whether they be to new cities or new landscapes. Camping and fishing seem to be our latest adventures. I also like to read, learn about history, watch drama, garden, cook, embroider, and various other “homestead” type activities such as canning, and practicing shooting my rifle. My long term goal is to one day have a hobby farm somewhere in rural Idaho.