Where in the World Is Rebecca Now?

In the past two months or so I’ve posted from Georgia, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and West Virginia. If you’ve completely lost track of where I am and what I’m doing, I don’t blame you.

However, I’ve now arrived in my new home, where I’ll be for the next two years: Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, a stone’s throw from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. I’m working on a master’s degree in environmental education through the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, but I’m in an assistantship program for which I’ll be spending almost all of my time at an environmental ed facility here in the extreme northern end of the state. Confused yet? When someone asks me where I’m going to grad school I have to give them a ten-minute explanation.

But the simple answer to where I am is the North Woods, a land of mossy grottoes…

Sunlit meadows…

Inviting forest paths, filled with the sweet songs of White-Throated Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes…

An embarassment of riches in berry form…

And of course, many clear, cold, oligotrophic lakes, across which drift the haunting calls of loons. (Small point of interest, though, this is not where Land O’ Lakes butter is from. Apparently that’s a co-op in Minnesota.)

Jealous yet? After nine months in south Georgia, this is paradise to a woodsy Midwestern girl like me, ticks, deerflies and all. If anyone knows of any good nature blogs located in the upper Midwest, particularly Wisconsin or the UP, please pass along the link!

Important Announcement!

I got some very exciting news last night: I’ve been accepted into the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point’s graduate fellowship program in environmental education. What this means is that in July I’ll be moving to Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin (which is in the wilderness up near the border with UP Michigan) to spend the next two years working at a conservation-themed semester school for high school students while simultaneously completing my MS degree in natural resources with an emphasis on residential environmental education.

Obviously moving from the coast of Georgia to northern Wisconsin is going to be a big change – for our Friday staff meeting this afternoon my boss, coworkers and I went to Dairy Queen and sat outside in the warm, sunny weather eating ice cream, something I doubt I’ll be doing this time next February. But I’m really looking forward to it, because it’s a gorgeous part of the country. I know a fair number of you who read this blog have started doing so since I moved to Georgia and may have a special interest in this area, but I really hope you’ll all stick with me when I head to the North Woods. It’s going to be an adventure.

Anyway, I’m still going to be here on Jekyll Island until at least the end of May, so there’s time yet. Right now it’s time to head out for my afternoon constitutional on the beach!