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5 Sturgis Corner Drive, Suite 1250, Iowa City, IA 52246

Conservation Education Specialist Darcey Gans



I was born and raised in Chicago, which is responsible for my love of deep-dish pizza, Lake Michigan, and efficient public transit. Coming from such an urban area, my interest in natural resources came not from hiking or camping, but from wildlife documentaries on television. Seeing video of animals that strange and unique, and the complex and intricate relationships between species that form ecosystems astounded me as a child and ignited a lifelong passion for wildlife and ecology.

During high school, I discovered my love of outreach, as a volunteer educator at Brookfield Zoo, as I had the opportunity to get engage with guests and connect them with the excitement I feel about wildlife. To combine my passion for wildlife and education I majored in conservation biology, and double minored in animal behavior and communications at the University of Minnesota (go gophers), and hope to include both research in wildlife and public engagement in my career.

After graduating this past spring, I wanted to focus on continuing to develop and as well as apply my natural resource management and communication skills in the field, before attending graduate school. I am so thrilled to be a member of the AmeriCorps education team at Bur Oak Land Trust because I not only get to assist in helping to execute outreach and management projects, but I am being pushed to acquire new skills in animal handling, surveys, and to come up with and execute my own independent projects. I am so excited to create new materials that can be enjoyed in the Iowa City community as well as gain experiencing handling raptors with a local education group.