Hello! My name is Tori Baron and I am the Conservation and Outreach Fellow at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center for the summer. I recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability and am so excited to be spending my summer working at the most beautiful place in Columbus! I am originally from Carmel, Indiana but have found my home here in Columbus and plan on sticking around for a while. This summer, I am helping Michael Goldman, Conservation and Outreach manager, with community engagement through various platforms such as social media, festivals and programs in and around the center. A project I am looking forward to working on is a vertical garden made out of wooden pallets to be on display at the center. I have really enjoyed the hands on attitude of the staff and volunteers I get to spend my days with. It has been especially wonderful learning about all the different birds that can be seen in Columbus and checking birds off of my IBA Checklist has inspired me to become a more aware birder. I visited the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park for the first time about two years ago and am still just as in awe now of the abundant life found here as I was then. Thanks Grange Audubon for taking me under your wing this summer!
Hi! My name is Katie Stierwalt. I discovered my passion for nature at a young age while spending my summers near Lake Erie exploring the outdoors and watching birds in my backyard. I graduated in December 2016 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources focusing on water science. I am honored to share my passions with people of all ages and backgrounds as the Metro Parks environmental education intern at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Since starting in May I have had the opportunity to help with a variety of events and programming including Conservation Classroom, Audubon Adventure Camp and day trips for our partner camps. The best part of my day is seeing each child interact and connect with nature in a way they never have before. I love their excitement and awe when they see a new bird or animal. Here, I am not just a teacher, but also a student. I have already learned so much about the birds and plants of Columbus from all of our amazing staff, volunteers and avid birders. Grange Audubon is a bird lover’s paradise near the heart of downtown and plays an important role in providing green space for people nearby. I am proud to be part of Audubon’s mission and outreach in Columbus’ backyard.