Growing up in Western North Carolina, Beth’s passion for the natural world started at a young age exploring Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS in Biology, where she fell in love with plant pathology, plant physiology and conservation. Following college, she served as the AmeriCorps Project Conserve Habitat Restoration Associate at Conserving Carolina. During her time at Conserving Carolina, she dedicated her time eradicating non-native invasive species, restoring natural habitat, and conducting educational lessons on the importance of conservation and good stewardship practice. In her spare time, Beth enjoys volunteering with local conservancies, tending to her garden, playing guitar, searching for salamanders, and exploring with her puppy Leroy.
This year she will be teaching NC Wildlife and Eco Warriors. Beth believes young minds learn best when they are making a difference through their education. She is excited to get students involved with restoration projects on campus and share her passion for the native flora. Her goal at FSI is to teach and inspire an appreciation for the natural world!