15700 Old Oak Ranch Road Sonora, CA 95370  |  (209) 532–3691

Naturalist Interns 2023 -2024

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Portrait of Ashley
Ashley Raynor (Thistle)
Ashley grew up in Modesto California and attended an outdoor school right here in Sonora when she was a sixth grader. Her time there inspired her to come back to Sonora to work in outdoor education. She studied Environmental Science at Brigham Young University. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading poetry, playing her guitar, and exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Portrait of Hannah
Hannah Merdzinski (Nova)
Hannah is from Muskegon, Michigan, which is right next to Lake Michigan and is one of the Great Lakes. She has lived in that area her whole life and has never been to the ocean. Hannah got her Associates degree with her classes focused in biology. Her favorite classes were medical microbiology. In Michigan, she would spend her time at the Great Lakes.
Portrait of Nico
Nico Sanchez (Springtail)
Nico is from Folsom, CA and just graduated from Santa Clara University, earning a degree in History, and a minor in Biology. He previously worked as an intern at Martial Cottle Park in San Jose, sparking his interest in the outdoor education field. In his free time, enjoys playing video games with friends, hiking, and shopping at thrift stores.
Portrait of Stephanie
Stephanie Longmire (Tumbleweed)
Stephanie is from inner city Detroit, MI. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Humanities and she recently earned her Master of Social Work with a minor in Political Policy and a focus on Maternity. She has been in California for 1 year living in her shuttle bus. She has a passion for guiding children in their exploration of nature. She loves roller blading, playing her ukulele, and performing Spoken Word poetry.
Portrait of Travis
Travis Cosgrave (Roly Poly)
Travis grew up in Davis, California and recently graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He’s been to most of the US states and has decided that California is the best. Travis loves hiking, backpacking, watching sports, making people laugh, and asking questions. He believes the best learning takes place while kids are having fun. If given the opportunity, Travis will talk for hours about his favorite baseball team, the SF Giants.

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15700 Old Oak Ranch Road
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532–3691

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