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Meet our Summer ’19 Interns

Daisy Blakely and Nadia Rauhala, Friends 2019 Summer Interns

Learn more about our two very talented and devoted summer interns who’ve helped with a wide array of successful projects, from social media and print media, to educational programming, summer camps, and more.

Daisy Blakely, Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies, Shenandoah University ‘19

What is your interest in this work?

I am interested in teaching people about the environment as well as the Shenandoah River. I’m from the area, so it’s good to know what’s going on and to be able to tell others about it.

What have you enjoyed most about your internship so far and what are you looking forward to?

My favorite parts so far were the summer camps, especially the caving and canoeing trips. I’m looking forward to helping develop education materials and a social media plan.

Why is conservation/environmental work important to you?

It’s important because, while many people are becoming more knowledgeable about the environment and conservation work, not many people know what’s going on. I think it’s important to take charge and care of things now.

Nadia Rauhala, Stonewall Jackson High School ‘19, Liberty University ‘23, Friends Volunteer of the Year ‘19

What do you plan to major in?

I plan to major in Elementary Education with an integrated study in Social Sciences.

What is your interest in this work?

My main interest in this work is to protect our environment and teach others to also protect and preserve our Earth. We only have one Earth so together we need to take action on preserving and protecting it so it can stay beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

What have you enjoyed most about your internship so far and what are you looking forward to?

I’ve most enjoyed both summer camps, specifically kayaking and Lion’s Tale Trail. I’m looking forward to continuing my education about the environment.

Why is environmental education important to you?

I believe that we need to get more organizations and people involved with using our resources to save the planet and not destroy it. Being a part of Friends has and is giving me the opportunity to educate children and adults about making an impact for the greater good.