Published on January 31, 2022

Sanctuary Internship Highlights: Connecting the Community to Nature

Broad Meadow Brook intern Fransheska Rosario

Every year, the team at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes interns to assist with a variety of projects across the sanctuary.

In August of 2021, Fransheska—a senior at Worcester State University—started her journey as an intern. Eventually she was inspired to create a StoryMap, which serves as a valuable resource to educate the local community about the importance of environmental restoration and protection at the sanctuary.

As a geography major with a concentration in environmental science, Fransheska has always been passionate about protecting wildlife. Her internship at Broad Meadow Brook brought her even closer to nature, from helping with outdoor events to working in the gardens.

Through her interactions with the other volunteers, Fransheska learned first-hand how people form unique relationships with nature.

Connecting the Sanctuary & Community

To enhance the visitor experience, Fransheska developed a story map, highlighting the work being done at the sanctuary and even offering a self-guided virtual tour before visiting. With this background knowledge, guests will have a deeper understanding and appreciation when visiting Broad Meadow Brook.

After graduation, Fransheska hopes to continue to protect nature through the connections and knowledge she gained from the internship. She urges anyone even slightly interested in conservation, to take the jump.

"You may be a geography major like me, but even if the opportunity seems to be a bit different than the path you had imagined, take the risk," she said. "I felt as if I belonged at the sanctuary."

Check out Fransheska's StoryMap to virtually visit and learn about Broad Meadow Brook!

See the StoryMap >

If you are interested in interning at the sanctuary, please email us.