New York City LEAF Intern - Queens, New York
Songyi Ee was born and raised in Queens, New York. She grew up
making excursions to the beach, city parks, state parks, mountains
and rivers “because it reminded my parents of growing up in the
countryside in South Korea.”
“I grew up with a small patch of grass behind my house – lucky to
call it a ‘backyard,’” said Ee. “I spent hours in my backyard
playing in the dirt, watering plants, planting seeds. These are some
of my greatest moments of sheer jubilance and serenity in my
Ee entered into the High School for Environmental
Studies in New York City and discovered a realm of people who shared
similar interests and she continued to look for more opportunities
to get involved in environmental efforts. In 2008, she joined The
Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future
(LEAF) program – a paid summer internship program for high school
students – and worked at the Mashomack Preserve on Long Island.
“I fell deeply in love with nature. I was obsessed. All I could
think about was how to get myself more involved with the cause.”
Ee is now working as an intern for The Nature Conservancy’s efforts
to broaden conservation efforts in urban environments.
says, “My number one priority is to raise awareness, to educate
people, and contribute to a greater effort to restore and protect
nature. I want to stay on nature’s good side by working to reverse
the negative impacts we imparted as a society. Sometimes,
conservation awareness can be raised simply by speaking up."
I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can
help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy.
I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for
nature to help save the places we love.