Student Conservation Society (SCA) 2020

Amanda Ostella–Environmental Education Intern

In 2017, I graduated from Caldwell University in NJ with a B.A. in Biology. I have always had a passion for animals and conservation. I feel a drive to integrate that passion with my career.  During college, I spent time volunteering with Raptor Trust and The Great Swamp Watershed Association. Since graduating, I have tried a few different jobs in search of my “workplace niche.” I am very grateful to be joining the Trailside team this year. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends, being outdoors, and improving my cooking/baking skills.

Travis Cherry–Zookeeper & Environmental Education Intern

I graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a degree in Animal Science. Originally, I planned to attend vet school and take care of cats and dogs. That changed after I began an internship at an educational raptor center and came face-to-beak with an osprey. She helped me find my purpose and since then, I’ve worked hard to learn all I can about the animals we share the Earth with. I get immeasurable enjoyment from helping these creatures and I get just as much enjoyment from sharing my passion with others. I have a particular fascination for raptors and snakes, but opossums and other misunderstood or vilified animals have just as big of a piece of my heart too. I’m ecstatic to be at a place where I can help more animals and teach more people about our furry, feathered and scaly cohabitants. During my free time, I read, cook, and go exploring for wildlife in nature.