Hello, my name is Chloe Pombo and I’m an Environmental Education Intern at the Dunes Center! I am a fourth year Environmental Science student at Southern New Hampshire University. I grew up with a strong passion for nature and a curiosity for how the earth worked.
I owe much of this to my mom who always took a great importance in teaching me about the environment. She taught me to care for our planet and that I was never too young to protect it and make a difference. This is something that I have carried with me through my schooling, and eventually my career, and is a concept that I hope to pass to others.
Coming in and teaching at the Guadalupe Boys and Girls Club every Wednesday was one of the highlights of my week. It was a chance for me to escape the tests and the assignments and remember why I love science. Together we got to have fun with geology, learn how everything was connected, and understand how our everyday surroundings were formed. I loved getting to watch their wheels turn as they began to learn the formation of different types of rocks, the history they can provide us with, and why scientists study them. My favorite moment was when the students were able to look at a fossil of a clam and learn about what kind of information it can tell a geologist about our earth. After learning the different jobs a geologist has, many of them informed me that they wanted to grow up to do just that! I not only enjoyed getting excited with them about dinosaur fossils and volcanos, but also teaching them the scientific process behind them. Through my teaching, I hope to have planted that same seed in these students that my mom planted for me. I hope that as they grow, so does their love and curiosity for our earth.