​“Sometimes, conservation awareness can be raised simply by speaking up.”

Songyi Ee
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 memory.”

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.

Ee 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."

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