This March, the Conservation Professional Training Program is partnering with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) to recruit volunteers to measure snow, rain and hail in their backyards. Why? These data help the National Weather Service improve weather forecasts, river stage predictions and flash flood warnings across the state. Sign up today!
Matt Becraft is serving as a naturalist at Upham Woods through the WisCorps program, which connects young conservation professionals with environmental opportunities across the state. He's been busy with outreach and education since his term began in September 2022.
Tell us briefly about what you do at Upham Woods.
As a WisCorps service member at Upham Woods, I am serving in a naturalist position, which means I get to teach kids the programs we offer at Upham Woods. Some of those activities include the Peanut Butter Mountain challenge course, outdoor survival and hiking on Blackhawk Island. Another one of the fun things I get to do here is take care of the animals housed in our nature center. Our snapping turtle Egor is one of my favorites. In addition to teaching kids at Upham Woods, I also do outreach where I get to visit classrooms and libraries.
What has been your favorite work project?
I was involved in a service day with River Valley middle schoolers where we had conservation professionals teach some classes and speak a little about their work. With the help of the kids, we were able to make a brand-new stretch of trail to our south beach! I am also working on a lesson plan dedicated to white-tailed deer and their role as a keystone species, which I look forward to teaching this spring.
Favorite way to connect with the outdoors?
I am an avid morel mushroom hunter and spend a good portion of my time in the woods in May and June searching for them. Although I don’t always find mushrooms, this is my favorite way to connect with the outdoors, and I look forward to this upcoming season.
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