Mary Grace grew up in Massachusetts and has had the privilege to spend many of her summers at her family’s cottage on a little island called Bustins Island in Maine, which is where her love for the outdoors stemmed from. Spending summers out there allowed her to immerse herself in nature by exploring the forests, tide pools, and building fairy houses for fun. She recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a minor in Natural Resources Conservation. In October she spent a month as a conservation volunteer with Macaw Recovery Network in Costa Rica where she learned a lot about conservation management and captive breeding and release. During summer 2022, she was an environmental educator at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Martha’s Vineyard and that summer was life changing for her. It made her realize that environmental education is something she wants to pursue because it felt so rewarding to be able to educate others on the natural world while also expanding her own knowledge at the same time. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, horseback ride, and read.