Meet Our Member - Brenna Toman
Stewardship & Outreach Assistand
Brenna recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a BS in Environmental Science and Chemistry and a minor in Math. She had been working as a naturalist for parks in Oregon and New York State until relocating to Montpelier, drawn by the Green Mountains and the conservation attitude of Vermonters. You will find her hiking, backpacking, foraging, knitting, and reading anything in her free time.
What is a typical day like in your AmeriCorps position?
A typical day can vary from searching for amphibians and macro-invertebrates with youth groups and schools, to repairing bridges and maintaining trails with volunteers, to sitting quietly and journaling/painting for the new online Naturalist Journal. This comes with a lot of office time to coordinate and advertise these fun activities!
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
Having recently moved to Vermont, I wanted to get connected with the conservation groups in my area. I wanted to be able to inspire wonder for the natural world, while actively protecting and maintaining ecosystems. The ability to spend a chunk of my time outside in the beautiful protected lands of Stowe, VT doesn't hurt either.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
I have been given a lot of responsibility with this service position. I am a little (pleasantly) surprised at the freedom I have to shape and create programs, publications, and projects at my host site.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
I am doing what I love for an organization whose mission aligns with my personal values and goals for conservation. Any time I get to directly impact the land or inspire passion for respect and stewardship of the environment is the brightest highlight.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
With VHCB AmeriCorps, you are the boots on the ground, the hands in the mud, and the voice making a difference. This is the work that matters for people and the environment.