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Alesha Weiland
Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Program: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region
Location: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
Intern Year(s): 2023

Alesha Weiland

​​Alesha attributes her deep love of nature to being born and raised in Alaska. Spending her early childhood in rural Alaska as a "Bush Baby" being immersed in vast wilderness was part of daily life. Those formative years became her first series of naturalist trainings, as she learned so much from simply playing in the woods. Environmental education has been one of her greatest passions ever since.

She has taught and volunteered at nature eco-camps in Alaska and New Zealand; taught at two Alaskan Forest Schools for early education; spent time working as a Naturalist Educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Large Animal Research Station educating the public about musk oxen and reindeer; and been an Interpretive Park Ranger for Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska an IBA close to the Canadian Border where we interacted with International visitors.

Alesha loves interacting with people of all ages, from all walks of life, and sees nature as a crucial universal human need. Understanding how nature can connect people across cultural divides is something that served her well throughout her life but especially on her volunteer service trips to Mexico, Miami, Thailand, and Myanmar. "Connecting with people from all over the world through environmental education programs and outreach has been one of the greatest joys in my life." She looks forward to making more connections this summer at the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

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