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Jack Jennetta

Land Stewardship Fellow

I grew up in a small town in north-central Connecticut, surrounded by woods and just a five-minute bike ride to a state wildlife refuge.  Encouraged to explore these woods by my father, this setting instilled a passion for hiking in, mountain biking through, skating on frozen ponds and simply observing whatever slice of paradise I was lucky enough to call home.  When I had the decision to attend Tulane University in New Orleans or stay relatively close to home and become a UConn husky, I knew it was time to venture far beyond my small town.  This decision expanded my viewpoint, developed my perspective, and cemented my desire to pursue a career bettering our physical and social environment.

While at Tulane and during my time studying abroad in Beijing, I majored in environmental studies, political science, and Mandarin Chinese.  While in these diverse environments, I dipped my toe in environmental non-profit work, ornithological field research on the Louisiana coastline, operations management at a Beijing-based zero-waste lifestyle store, and museum curation at the world’s largest fish collection.  All of these experiences led me to the Aldo Leopold Land Stewardship Fellowship, where I hope to continue learning new skills, new ways to protect our environments both local and global, meet new friends, and make lifelong connections before continuing my education.