Tara Caron doesn’t look at magazines and newspapers the way most people do. Instead of sizing up the stories offered to determine which to read first, she goes right to the pages filled with colorful pictures — because she’s looking for the hues that work best in her jewelry.
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Kristen Marshall Mattson grew up near Daytona Beach, Fla., fascinated with everything nature has to offer. The days spent outside exploring were always exciting but it was the nights that especially thrilled her.
“I have always loved the stars,” Mattson said. “Starting from when I was 5 years old, we always camped at state parks and I went to a program a park ranger did and I got to look at Jupiter through a telescope.
George Westerfield isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty.
The retired teacher grew up in Savannah with a father who loved to garden, and “my father had four boys who helped him in the yard because they had no choice. Some of that stuck with me,” he said.
Devin Mock grew up with a compost heap and a family that recycled "everything," so when she began attending the University of South Carolina Beaufort, she found the lack of recycling bins troubling.
When she was elected president of the school's Student Government Association for the 2013-14 academic year, she made sure to change that.
Odds are good you haven’t thought about bees all day.
Sure, you realize they’re out there, making honey, stinging campers, doing all the things that bees do, but unless you’ve stumbled across a hive in your yard lately it’s most likely been some time since you had bees on the brain. But you probably should start thinking about bees, especially if you’re one of those people who requires food to survive.
Amber Kuehn has her parents, the May River and a chance encounter with a sea turtle to thank for the course her life has taken.
Kuehn, owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters, developed her love of the water and marine life as a child exploring the May River in Bluffton.
No one will ever accuse bluffton high school science teacher tim chase of being green with envy. However, green is a daily part of Chase’s life as he gets his students involved in environmental projects that transcend traditional book studies.
Some people hit upon the perfect career path on the first try, while others spend years and even decades searching for a career that keeps them engaged, allows them to shine and offers a sense of purpose or fulfillment. For Laura Lee Rose, a Clemson Extension horticulture agent of consumer education who discovered a career in horticulture in her 40s, the right career was definitely worth the wait.
Tony Mills has been teaching folks about nature for decades, first as the educational outreach director for the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab for 21 years and now as co-teacher of the Lowcountry Institute’s Master Naturalist program since 2007.
If you wanted to know what was so intriguing about Rob DeCanio, Brittany Jean and Nate Addy, you could stop at the fact that all three work at Zipline Hilton Head.
That alone, having the coolest job in the world, would probably be enough. While the rest of us are biding time until the weekend, demarcating our days in cups of coffee and bathroom breaks, they are soaring among the treetops, delving into the local waters, celebrating our unique ecology and spreading the gospel of Hilton Head Island to visitors far and wide.