Vern Renezette

July 31, 2020
Vern is an environmental studies major whose main passions include promoting the conservation of Florida’s natural landscapes and encouraging others to become stewards of the environment through gardening. She believes in the power of public green spaces to not only foster necessary eco-consciousness, but also to unify, heal, and empower individuals and communities, and aspires […]

Samantha Hodge

July 31, 2020
Samantha’s love for design and the environment combined with knowledge of horticulture has led her to landscape design. She wants to create a new way of thinking through her designs. She is expected to graduate in summer 2021, Samantha takes every opportunity the arboretum provides to gain more knowledge about horticulture and creating environments to […]

Juan Velasquez

July 31, 2020
Juan’s is an environmental studies major with a passion for sustainable agriculture. He believes in the importance of developing agricultural systems that work harmoniously with nature to improve the health of the Earth as well as human well-being. He is certified as a type 2 wild-land firefighter and hopes to one day combine his passions […]

Alicia Lowenstein

July 10, 2020
My name is Alicia and i’m an Environmental Science major. I started at the Arboretum Summer 2019 as a Farm & Gardens intern and now i’m the co coordinator for that team. I love learning about sustainable farming and new innovative ways to grow food. I’m also a beginner certified Wildlife Fire Fighter, and have […]

Andrew Ayad

February 4, 2020
Andrew is majoring in Information Technology and minoring in Math. He is an IT student with experience in basic hardware and software installation, replacement, troubleshooting and various programming languages. In the future he plans on working in the web development field where he can help bring clients ideas to life.

Vince Marcucci

October 7, 2019
Vince is a student filmmaker and environmental science minor. He keeps plant people in the loop by specializing in the Arboretum’s social media accounts. He also runs the Arb’s Geocache stash and assists in media marketing.

James Bardo

September 11, 2019
James is an environmental studies student who focuses on policy, invasive species, and poisonous plants. In his free time he’s most likely looking for dangerous plants while hiking, watching horror movies, or reading essays on environmental sociology. James is working as an Urban Horticulture Co-Coordinator and has dreams of making a poison garden one day, […]

Madison Schmidt

September 11, 2019
Madison is completing the final year of her undergraduate degree in General Biology. Currently, she works as a Bee Campus and Pollinator Gardens Co-coordinator at the Arboretum and enjoys assisting with hive inspections for the on-campus honey bees. After graduation, she hopes to work as a park ranger where she can help facilitate public learning […]

Nicole Prieto

August 26, 2019
Nicole is an environmental studies major at UCF with a minor in urban and regional planning. She has an additional interest in landscape architecture and hopes to on day assist in creating sustainable communities. In her free time she enjoys painting flowers and reading a good book!

Rachel Gutner

August 26, 2019
Rachel’s devotion to conservation has led her to the promotion of sustainable living for all people of various standings. While studying Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida, Rachel aims to use her research as advocacy for the rising urgency of climate change mitigation, and aspires to make climate science more palatable […]

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