Hi y’all! My name is Katin Liphart and I am the new AmeriCorps member serving with the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance as the Watershed Education and Renewal Coordinator for the next year. I am excited to work with the Riparian Renewal Program to help restore and protect the habitat of Richland Creek, as well as to reach out to and engage with the community through educational and volunteer events. You will also be seeing me on social media, so give us a like (social media links are on the right of this page) or leave a comment and say hello! I am so excited to get to know this community and watershed.
I have always been passionate about the communities around me, whether they be human or the natural communities that nourish us all and the places we live, work and visit. I grew up in Hawai’i and Northern Wisconsin, and my connections with the Pacific Ocean and Lake Superior led me to study science and taught me the ways water flows through our environment and our lives. I became involved with watershed management in high school, and was particularly fascinated by the intersection between science and policy. I continued that passion into college where I studied political science, environmental science, and biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Through my studies, I became actively involved in community-based conservation programs, and continued to nurture my two loves: environmental science and policy. I studied abroad with the nonprofit Round River Conservation in Patagonia, where we helped establish a connection between local gaucho ranchers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that has greatly increased data sharing and expanded the scientific knowledge of threatened species there. I was also given the opportunity to increase my knowledge of policy through an internship at the U.S. Senate, which gave me insight into the political process and a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent to government work. I graduated from Carleton with a Political Science degree in 2017, and then spent time travelling and continuing my undergraduate thesis research before settling back in Minnesota.
I wanted to serve as an AmeriCorps Member in Nashville Tennessee, and did so through the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program. AmeriCorps is a federally-funded community service organization that works with thousands of people across the country to serve with nonprofit organizations. In fact, my cohort of Hands On Nashville alone has recruited almost 20 members, many of which are serving for environmental nonprofit organizations here! The AmeriCorps mission is to build capacity and increase volunteerism within communities. My personal mission is to work with the Richland Creek community and contribute to RCWA’s goals for leaving a lasting and positive impact on this vital watershed. I am so excited to work with you all and help meet these goals!
See y’all out there!