Nature Play Corps Intern, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Manteo, North Carolina
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 
How Terence Abbott Welles got involved with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
I became involved with the US Fish and Wildlife Service after applying for an internship with the Natural Learning Initiative. Their partnership in a pilot program, the 'Nature Play Corps', was detailed in a job posting at North Carolina State University. Seeing an opportunity that combined original environmental design, nature, and children's play was a position I couldn't pass up!
 
Experience
Watching children excited and smiling while interacting with the various environments we were prototyping was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. Seeing every child's joy and enthusiasm within our constructed environments was very fulfilling, personally. There were moments throughout the program that stand out, of course, such as the construction of new trails, structures, and various team activities, but the days spent with the children stand out as highlights.
 
Terence Abbott Welles' accomplishments
I have discovered a new appreciation for experimental and alternative education techniques; while I completely understand the extent to which my informal interactions with nature contributed to my development as a child, I had not yet explored, or even thought about, ways to 'pay-it-forward' to the next generation. Through the experience with Nature Play Corps, I am aware of the many outlets through which this can happen, and I am completely excited and eager to work towards this mixed notion of environmental stewardship, design, and education!
 
Terence Abbott Welles' next steps
In the future, I would like to be involved with the planning and development of places that promote responsible, healthy, and positive interactions with the natural environment. I would like to gain more hands on experience, across the United States, in projects that promote an innovative and unique interaction with natural systems and environments. From labor intensive, remote access conservation projects, to the research of urban natural environments and the opportunities and constraints they afford, I am hoping to be involved with the interaction of humans and their environments, promoting healthy lifestyles, unique interactions, and learning opportunities for all ages, in all places.
 
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
School: North Carolina State University - College of Design
Major: Degree: Bachelor Landscape Architecture