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2018 Service-Learning Symposium: Service-Learning Internship: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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Service-Learning Internship: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Author: Laurel Nason-Wheeler

Faculty Supervisor: C. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.


I was able to spend my summer at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville, South Carolina. This refuge is made up of seven territories that stretch from Hardeeville all the way to Townsend, Georgia. During my internship I visited almost every territory and assisted in an array of areas: visitor services, environmental education, wildlife biology, sea turtle conservation, archeology department, and the mechanic shop. This summer I was able to see and truly understand how important the refuge system is for our country – and for the safety of many threatened animals! They do so much more than point you to the best walking trails – these people have a passion for keeping nature wild and sharing that passion with others. They actually sparked a passion in me and I am now pursuing a career in the refuge system.