Growing up in rural Northeast Michigan in a town called Hubbard Lake, Lauren has always had a strong passion for the outdoors and protecting our state’s natural resources. She is excited to join the GTCD crew as the MAEAP Technician for Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she interned here at the district as a parklands intern and fell in love with the Northwest Michigan region. After leaving the district, Lauren served in AmeriCorps before returning to the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment for her Master of Science degree in conservation ecology with a specialization in aquatic ecosystems. During the summer months, Lauren worked with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as a stewardship technician for two seasons and also worked on her master’s project of developing the first draft of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. After wrapping up her graduate degree, she worked at Alcona Community High School before moving back to Traverse City to work with the district.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys backpacking, hiking, fishing, hunting, riding her horses, playing guitar, reading, cooking, and anything and everything that has to do with water.