2016-2017 Naturalist Yearbook

Hello Friends!

As the year winds down here at Barrier Island, we wanted to take some time to look back and reflect on what it has meant to live and breathe the life of a naturalist. From move-in day, to nights spent playing board games in the living room, to afternoons in the sun, there […]

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Stump the Naturalist

Hello Friends!

Welcome back to the latest edition of the Barrier Island Naturalist blog! As many of you may have experienced while visiting us, there are always new things to learn about nature and our earthly environment. Even as naturalists (or especially as naturalists), there are plenty of new questions that we don’t know the […]

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Stump the Naturalist

Naturalists of Barrier Island: 2016-2017

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to the BI blog. A new year has come and gone, and a new group of environmental educators have transitioned into the crests and troughs of island life. My name is Katie Savannah, and I will be sharing our experiences as naturalists with you this year. Things have been busy as […]

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Naturalists of BI: Our Perspective

We got here, we blinked, and then the year ended. (That’s how it feels, anyway.)

I’ve been working on this video for a while now, and it’s time to unveil it. Here’s the Barrier Island Environmental Education program from our perspective.

We’ve taught and we’ve learned; we’ve been exhausted and we’ve been filled up.

In all and […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Naturalists of BI: Our Perspective

Pets of BI

A fun post today.

One of the stipulations of our Naturalist employee contract forbids pets of furry nature — a perfectly reasonable request, especially considering the fact that we all share a house. Imagine the fur and dander if we all had a cat or dog; imagine how cramped the quarters would be. We already […]

By |May 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Pets of BI

Local Outreach: Wrapping Up

It’s been quite a year for Local Outreach, and Cortney and I are sad to see it end. We had an exemplary semester, though, and we’re grateful for every student we had the opportunity to meet.

Though teaching as Naturalist is an incredible experience in and of itself, Cortney and I had the additional opportunity and blessing to be a […]

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Bird is the Word: Selimah’s Photos

As promised in last week’s post (click here to read), below is a gallery of just a few of Selimah’s gorgeous bird photos.

Let it be noted, though, that Selimah has taken thousands more. There simply isn’t enough room in a single blog post to show you all of her incredible shots.

By |April 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Selimah’s Photos

Further Up and Further In

Though an aspiring Naturalist need only a college degree to be qualified to apply for a Naturalist, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the job attracts the environmentally astute.

We have a range of college majors amongst the staff, including a Business major, a Theater major, and a History major; all Naturalists, however, have a […]

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Passing the Torch

Charlotte Hendrick, Senior Naturalist and Saint Christopher Environmental Education extraordinaire, will be handing off her Senior Naturalist role to the very capable Grace Anne Martin this upcoming school year.
Charlotte has worked at Saint Christopher since August 2014. She’s been a Naturalist (2014-2015), a Senior Naturalist (2015-2016), and an Outdoor Encounters Session Leader (last summer and this […]

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Andrew Bailey, our Naturalist from Rockmart, Georgia, has brought his faith and his love of learning to Barrier Island.

Andrew graduated from Shorter College with a History major and a Christian Studies minor; he also obtained his associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After feeling called to missionary work, Andrew has used both his strengths […]

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