Campus Naturalists act as a liason to the campus community and particularly University Colloquium students. Most importantly, naturalists act as peer interpreters, helping students connect to the campus ecosystem and the wild side of Florida - including campus trails, native and exotic wildlife, wetland and upland ecosystems, natural and cultural resources and conservation areas.
Campus Naturalists primarily assist professors leading classes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Lovers Key State Park, Downtown Fort Myers, and on the Campus Trails. Naturalists may occasionally assist with other Colloquium field trips, campus trail clean-ups and other service learning events sponsored by University Colloquium. Naturalists help their peers understand the natural environment they are visiting.
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Rory "Cush" Cushen
Hi! My name is Rory Cushen but I go by Cush. I am an Environmental Studies major with minors in Creative Writing and Climate Change Science, class of 2023. I enjoy nature, my dogs, laughing, and long walks on the beach. I'm joking I'm terrified of the ocean; a Bahamas cruise is my worst nightmare. While i don't know specifically what I want to do after college with the environment, I just want to ensure that the people that come after me have the same opportunity to love nature as much as I do. I always hope to make my trips educational, engaging, and entertaining, because then it doesn't feel like work. Hope to see you out there!
Hi guys! My name is Savannah Putrone and I am an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Education and a minor in Climate Change. One time while traveling, a guide approached me and asked, "you're from Florida, so are you a swamp person or a beach person?" The answer is a die hard swamp person. I recently started an internship with Big Cypress National Preserve and have begun fulfilling my dream of becoming a park ranger at a NPS unit. I am constantly outside whether it be hiking with my dog, foraging, canoeing, etc. I cannot wait to hopefully instill a sense of appreciation and love for all of natural beauties that Florida has to offer
Hey guys! My name is Sarah and I am dual majoring in Marine Science and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education, and Florida Coastal Systems Naturalist. I plan on being an informal water and sustainability educator and researcher. Outside of school I enjoy traveling, gardening, painting, playing games, binge watching TV, any hyper-focusing on new hobbies. As a Naturalist, I can't wait to share upcoming Colloquium experiences with you.
Hello, my name is Sam, and I am an Environmental Studies major going for both a philosophy and biology minor. I love teaching about sustainability, especially the ways people try to implement it. In my free time I love to go to the gym, play guitar, hang with friends, and hike. My favorite tour in Colloquium is downtown Ft. Myers, and I look forward to leading a tour with you.