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 to use the experience she gains as an Arboretum employee to help advance public appreciation for green spaces and ensure their accessibility for all people. In particular, she hopes to do this in a future career as a park ranger.