Crediting her interest in the environment to being raised on a dairy farm and participation in Future Farmers of America in high school and college, volunteer Danielle Russell regularly helps out in the Conservancy’s Madison office answering phones, greeting visitors and sorting mail.
She’s currently developing a more user-friendly way for Nature Conservancy staff to access the many preserve and project maps now stored on the Conservancy’s computer system.
Danielle believes the best way to appreciate the environment is to experience it first-hand.
“I think the more time a person spends outdoors, in nature, the less likely they’ll put “Mother Earth” on the backburner and the more likely they’ll consider her in their everyday choices.”
Danielle has developed an appreciation for nature by “hiking through Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia in Chile and frequenting Wisconsin’s state parks.”
Danielle understands the importance of environmental stewardship on the individual level and applies those ideals in her everyday life. Recycling, reducing water and electricity use and choosing to bike rather than drive are all daily ways she contributes to environmental conservation.
Danielle says she truly appreciates the experiences that volunteering for the Conservancy have given her. “It’s gratifying to be part of the synergistic process of helping The Nature Conservancy protect the natural life of Wisconsin,” she explains.
When not volunteering, Danielle can be found at CareerSmiths where she is a business assistant. She also plays the trombone in a local ska/reggae band called ‘The Socialites’ and has a puppy named Lola who keeps her busy.