In May I completed my Hunter Education Instructor Certification through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and began the process of obtaining my Environmental Educator Certification through the NC Department of Environmental Quality. It’s a 200 hour program, and I have busted it out. I’m almost done! I have three more workshops to attend over the next few weeks and then I will only have my community project and teaching hours to complete. The Land Trust for Central NC, which is headquartered here in Salisbury, has a program for school aged children, called the Leopold Society. I will be leading hikes and outdoor experiences that help the participants earn stamps on their “Passport” and which will count towards the completion of my certification. I am currently taking Chemistry and Math at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and will likely begin my bachelor’s studies, in earnest, this summer, through Oregon State University online. OSU offers degrees in Environmental Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, and Natural Resources Management, completely online. In review of my previous plan, I will no longer be seeking the Associate Degree of Environmental Science through Forsyth Tech. As cool as it was, it would not bring me any closer to the type of employment I seek. I may even fall one course shy of earning an Associate of Science and an Associate of Art. The reason being that in order to do so I must take a class on “College Transfer Success” which I feel is a waste of my time and money, as I have been to a four year university previously, and did just fine. If it helps me get a bachelor’s degree sooner, then I will definitely reconsider, but for now, I’m just concentrating on making sure I complete as many Math and Science classes as I can at RCCC. It’s been a very long summer, but it sure has been fun.