Our environmental educators are our greatest asset in providing ‘ah-ha’ moments for students, where science and stewardship ‘come alive’ in the natural world through our hands-on programs. Get to know Itzamar in our employee spotlight series.
How long have you worked at the Alice Ferguson Foundation?
Recently had my two month anniversary!
What do you do at AFF?
I work with the programs team, providing environmental education for students K-12 and the community at large.
What did you do before coming to AFF?
I started working in environmental education my freshmen year of college and have continued it ever since! I spent several years doing education in Prince George’s County and Washington D.C. I then spent some time in New York City, and recently returned to Maryland to work with AFF.
Why do you love working at AFF?
I love that I’m surrounded by people who share similar values to mine! The staff here are dedicated to living by the Foundation’s mission every day. It is rewarding to watch kids and adults experience nature in ways they never thought were possible.
What is your favorite spot on the property?
An iconic spot on the property is the “top of the hill,” where we traditionally have students roll down for a unique experience. The top of the hill is a great reminder of our connections to the city, where the MGM Hotel and our capital city are visible and shine brightly at night. We can think about how the view looked when the Ferguson’s first built their home there almost 100 years ago and how much of the city has grown since.
What do you do in your free time away from AFF?
In my free time, I’m often found basking in the sun listening to a podcast, birdwatching, cooking, or playing video games.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Going to the beach is an instant mood boost for me. Growing up next to the beach as a kid, I often saw it as a playground where I got to make sand castles and splash around in water. Learning more about the natural world as an adult helped me gain a new appreciation for the world around us!
Why do you feel it’s so important to educate others about the environment?
Understanding the natural world around us can change our everyday choices from one we thought wasn’t so bad to one that can make a positive change for our future generations.