Sam joined the Conservancy’s Horticulture team in September of 2021. She is originally from Vermont and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Conservation Biology. While in school she conducted research on pollinators and also completed an immersive semester program focused on food systems and sustainability.
After college, she served two terms with AmeriCorps where she partnered with non-profits in communities across the United States to complete projects in environmental education, affordable housing construction, classroom mentorship, environmental stewardship, and disaster relief.
Post-AmeriCorps, she worked in Maine as an Outdoor Educator and Wilderness Trips leader where she led groups of students on camping, sea kayaking, and saltwater canoe trips. She has also worked seasonally as a snowshoe guide and ski instructor in Vermont.
Sam comes to us most recently from Hawai`i where she worked on a National Wildlife Refuge creating environmental education content, conducting habitat restoration, and managing a native plant nursery. She is passionate about connecting people with outdoor spaces and looks forward to continuing such work here in Charleston.