As a summer camp camper from a young age, I have been taught to love the wonderful outdoors. Nature has always been a sensitive topic for me to talk about, as the beauty behind it has always inspired me to do more- to help the environment, the animals, and the people. Nature is truly a gift given to us and it is something we should always be able to rely on if we take care of it. While I have always thought that nothing true can be harmed, unfortunately ecosystems are dying and being changed. Nature has amazed me since before I could remember. My experiences with nature have always been those of examining leaves and plants, and especially rivers, oceans, lakes, or sloughs. I’ve always felt like I’ve connected to nature deeply, on another level. I see the movements of water, the colors changing, I feel the wind in the air, and I ask myself, what is it trying to tell me?
This past summer I experienced nature to the fullest. My fellow Girls Inc. members and I were introduced to an internship with Straub Outdoors. Our leaders were KB and Katie and they showed us many wonderful places that expressed the beauty of nature. We went to the house of a tribal member named Stephanie, to Minto Island Park, and to the Molalla River. KB and Katie taught us a variety of things, from watersheds, to the different types of oak trees and how to tell their age, to how to skip rocks in the water. I thank them so much for revealing to me the education in nature and for exposing us to potential career paths that we never knew about!
After my amazing adventure with Straub, I went on my yearly family camping trip to Detroit Lake. I was extremely excited to show my family the new information that I had learned, such as how to identify plants and insects, and of course how to skip rocks. Straub not only opened my eyes to the beauty of nature, but it also helped me understand how it works together.
While before I wondered what nature was trying to tell me, I now believe that it tells me to speak its words and show the world what I see through my own eyes. Nature is always speaking to everyone, and reminding us to go out and adventure our very own Pacific Northwest.
About the author: Yvonne Robles
Hello, my name is Yvonne! I am a sophomore in high school at Woodburn High School. I was raised in Woodburn, and I have always found it to be a fast growing town. I love getting compliments about my town! In my free time, I am a part of a group called Girls Inc., which introduced me to a wonderful company through which I participated in a week-and-a-half-long internship. I absolutely loved it! I have always loved nature and am drawn by the desire to explore it as much as I can! My interests expanded so much after my internship, and in the future I’d like to pursue a career as an OB/GYN, or something in the field of nature and biology. I also have a passion for music. I believe in trying to change people's lives and inspiring them to do more, which are two things that I learned from my time with Girls Inc., and from my family.
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