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End-of-Fellowship Thoughts

As December draws to a close, so too does the Institute’s third fellowship cohort. Maria and I started our work with the Institute way back in June, which now seems like a lifetime ago.  As we tie up the final loose ends of our respective projects, we reflect on our work these past six months. We’ve had a wealth of enriching experiences, including:

  • Gaining in-depth knowledge and practice with project management, research, writing, and public speaking
  • Facilitating bi-weekly all-team meetings
  • Helping organize and staff the Health Outdoors! Forum on September 21
  • Participating in team-building excursions to Angel Island, the Home Land Security art exhibit, and more
  • Sharing tons of laughs and sweet treats in our office

Our individual projects, detailed below, helped support the work of the Institute’s Health and Climate programs. 

Lea:

My work involved creating and executing a three-part webinar series for the National ParkRx Initiative. The webinar series will serve as a tool for all current and future Park Prescription program creators with its resources, tools, and inspiration for program design and implementation.

Maria:

I worked closely with members of the Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC) to design and distribute a survey focused on gathering resources and identifying needs within the group related to their three initiatives. I am excited about the results and how this information will be able to assist the collaborative as they move forward in the next year.

Maria and I feel incredibly grateful and humbled by all of the energy the Institute put into making our fellowship experience what it was. We have learned so much from our colleagues in the Institute, our partner organizations, and the Conservancy as a whole. As we wonder what our future holds, we are certain of one thing – that our fellowship experience – the things we learned and the colleagues we grew close to – will remain with us forever.    

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