Posted by admin | 02.21.2020 | Conservation, Employment, Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, Marine Science, Sea Turtle Camp, Sea Turtle Camp News, Turtle Talk

Meet the 2020 Sea Turtle Camp Staff! Pt. 5

Each year, we are so excited to meet, hire, and train our amazingly diverse and talented staff.  Take a look at our Sea Turtle Camp North Carolina Marine Biology Staff!

Meet Whitney: A fresh face to Sea Turtle Camp but no stranger to camp life.

Whitney is from Minnesota, but is so excited to spend the summer by the ocean at Sea Turtle Camp! She attended school at Minnesota State University-Mankato and is going back this fall to pursue a degree in Marine Science. Although being landlocked in the Mid West, she has always been drawn to the ocean and outdoor adventures of all sorts! In 2018, Whitney decided to move to Sydney, Australia for a year. She took this opportunity and free time to travel, dive and snorkel in many places around the world like New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom. She loves to hike, go on outdoor runs, watch ocean sunrises and try new coffee shops!

Whitney has been a gymnastics coach, YoungLife leader and has had a few of roles at different camps. For the last 5 years, she has worked as a residence camp counselor, an outdoor education instructor, and the high ropes and target sports specialist. Whitney is passionate about Youth Development and loves encouraging the growth and creative expression kids get to experience at camp.

She is a strong advocate for ocean conservation while taking opportunities to expand her knowledge when it comes to sea turtles and marine life with every chance that she gets. Whitney is so excited to inspire campers and to help maintain the domino effect of spreading knowledge, giving back, and making a difference this summer at Topsail.


Meet Madison: A former sea turtle nesting monitor and now sea turtle Unit Leader!

Madison is a 22-year-old from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, where she grew up with three younger siblings. She’s anticipating graduating from UNC Wilmington in the spring with a B.S. in Environmental Science, with a concentration in biological sciences and a minor in biology. She has spent the past two summers working with the National Park Service and US Fish & Wildlife monitoring shorebirds and sea turtles in the Outer Banks. Madison has a special love for the salt marsh ecosystem she grew up exploring. However, she’s excited to explore the United States in the future traveling and working different biology jobs across the nation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, birding, and of course going to the beach.