|Heather takes a water velocity measurement as part of B-Wet! -- an outreach event through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and NOAA.|
Heather Rawlings is the Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologist at the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Alpena, Michigan, and covers 19 northern counties of the lower peninsula of Michigan. She works with private landowners to restore habitat on those lands. She focuses on wetland, grassland and river restoration. She also leads the Alpena office’s Children and Nature Program, conducting a lot of outreach to school groups, with a particular emphasis on a test group of third- and fourth-grade students that the office visits once a month and teaches a hands-on science lesson. She also serves on the leadership team for the North-East Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Great Lakes STEM (e science, technology, engineering and math) Initiative. She is also a wife and mother to two young boys.
5 Questions for Heather
1. What inspired you to work with young people?
My parents are both teachers, so I believe I inherited a genetic disposition toward teaching. I have always enjoyed working with young people, and I have always been heavily involved with outreach activities at the Alpena office. I have now started working toward a master’s degree in environmental education, so I will be able to teach at the local community college.
2. What is your favorite part of working with kids?
Kids inspire me – they ask fantastic questions and are genuinely curious about the natural world. They give me energy, because they get excited about being outside and learning new things. The thing that keeps me going is the “Ah-ha!” moment kids have when they grasp a concept or find something amazing – their face lights up and you know you have provided them with a moment or item they will remember.