Laura came to GMRI in January 2020 where, as a Labventure Educator, she guides 5th and 6th graders from all over Maine through an interactive science experience where they learn about connections in the Gulf of Maine.
Prior to GMRI, Laura was a naturalist at The Wild Center, a natural history center in the Adirondack Park of New York where she engaged with visitors of all ages through live animal encounters, naturalist walks, guided canoe trips, and climate science education programming. In addition, she has also worked as an outdoor educator at both the Pali Institute in Running Springs, CA, the Sagehen Outdoor Education Program in Truckee, CA, and as a Group Leader in Australia at the Outdoor Education Group, where she led students on multiday backpacking expeditions.
Laura graduated from Penn State University in 2016, with a major in Environmental Geography and a minor in Environmental Studies. Originally from New Jersey, she loves to travel, climb, hike, bird watch and explore, having spent time through-hiking the Oregon Coast and snorkeling between two tectonic plates. She's excited to have Maine next on her exploration list.