Paige first started volunteering for Bur Oak Land Trust in August of 2019 while continuing her Environmental Planning degree with a Bioscience major and Sustainability Certificate at the University of Iowa. She feels that the Trust aligns with her passion for the environment. Before volunteering for Bur Oak Land Trust, Paige studied abroad in South Africa, where she had the opportunity to help burn sugarcane field and learned about prescribed burning research in Kruger National Park. She knows that Bur Oak Land Trust recognizes the importance of burning for land restoration and conservation, and is interested in being able to volunteer for prescribed fire on Trust properties. She also interned with a non-profit over the summer and wanted to get first-hand experience in how non-profit organizations market themselves, while also improving her communication skills.
While not volunteering for Bur Oak Land Trust or attending school, Paige enjoys canoeing, volleyball, hiking, and working on her vermicompost bin. She is happy to help an organization that is passionate about the environment and connects the community with nature. She is working to promote connections with businesses, banks, and libraries, and would like to encourage others to get involved with helping save native habitat by volunteering – and to get out to Bur Oak Land Trust’s properties for all sorts of outside activities like bird watching, geocaching, photography, and more. Paige is not originally from Iowa City, and feels that heading out to one of the Trust properties is a nice way to get away from the cemented landscape of the city. She says, “Volunteering is a great way to improve and learn new, valuable skills in a workplace setting without the pressure!”