Marisa '18 Joined Madeleine '10 for the Summer

Marisa Granados ‘18 joined forces with Madeleine Carey ‘10 as an intern at WildEarth Guardians this summer. Madeleine and Marisa may have not crossed paths as students at Bosque, but they were connected through their mutual association with BEMP.

Madeleine had a great experience working with Marisa. She noted that “It is funny to feel like I am now in a position to be mentoring other Bosque alums.” Adding that, “It was cool because I felt that we had a lot of the same foundations and I knew what I could ask her to do, and what she was capable of since I was familiar with her program. Marisa added a lot of capability, and I think Bosque’s BEMP program gives students a solid foundation to work in public policy and advocacy.”

Read all about Marisa’s internship experience and her plans for the future:

“This summer I had the pleasure of interning with WildEarth Guardians. I am from Albuquerque, NM, and graduated from Bosque School with the Class of 2018. I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University studying Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with a minor in Applied Environmental Policy Analysis.

“I first became interested in a career surrounding environmental advocacy when I had the opportunity to attend an environmental education program in Olympic National Park through Bosque’s Winterim program. My experience learning about my surroundings while taking them in through all of my senses changed my life. Since then, I have been open to every imaginable environmental experience! Whether it is teaching kids from Title 1 schools about phenology in the Rio Grande bosque with BEMP or writing an op-ed, I am extremely passionate about doing something to ensure that my generation has a beautiful planet to pass on to generations to come.

“This summer I have had the opportunity to expand my horizons further. I have attended commission meetings, meetings with allies and with adversaries, through which I have learned the importance of involvement and presence in different conversations. I have also analyzed data and updated databases to assist in the grazing permit retirement program throughout New Mexico. I worked on visualizing a concert series creating a meaningful partnership between WildEarth Guardians and the Santa Fe Symphony where the music performed will tie into the three themes of Climate, Public Lands, and Wildlife. Lastly, I looked at incidents of wolf depredation and extracted the data available to personnel when they made the decision that the incident was one of wolf depredation. For the final weekend of my internship, I had the opportunity to visit the Gila for the first time to experience the beauty accompanying the data that I worked with throughout my internship at WildEarth Guardians.

"Throughout my five weeks with WildEarth Guardians, I learned the importance of standing up for what you believe in, even if others are skeptical of the way you are going about change. The work that Guardians is doing is incredibly important; they are going about environmental crises a different way—a way that does not compromise with people already taking advantage of wild places, and instead creates a new standard for how these important places should be treated.

"As for my future, I hope to finish my bachelor’s degree and continue on to pursue graduate work in Environmental Studies. Eventually, I want to end up back in New Mexico doing the work necessary to make our state as sustainable as possible, so that we can preserve the beauty that is already here. I’m not quite sure what career path I want to pursue, but working with WildEarth Guardians this summer has taught me the many different paths that I can take to make a difference. Thank you to everyone who has made this experience possible for me; it is one I will not forget.”

We're positive that Marisa is on the right path! She is clearly passionate about what she does and was even recognized as 2018 Student of the Year by NatureBridge. If you want to find out more about Marisa, read NatureBridge's recent feature on her. Way to go, Marisa!