We were invited to be guest speakers at the 3rd annual Outdoor Girls' Day in western New York. The event is a day dedicated to celebrating professional outdoor women. Middle school students came out to learn about career opportunities available in the field of environmental education. We were thankful to be a part of this event because we feel it is important to reach kids when they are young in order to expose them to a variety of professions that exist and increase their awareness about the world around them. As one woman told the girls "You are very lucky to be kids today. When I was young, I was told I could be one of two things-a teacher or a nurse." She wasn't excited about either of those two careers. Today, kids have many more opportunities to find careers that are suited for their personalities. The hardest part is narrowing the fields down. In the words of Jane Goodall, "If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way."
Happy Adventuring...Kate and Tracy