We are thrilled to welcome Melanie Wedemeier as our summer intern at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation! Melanie joined us in May and immediately hit the ground running, helping with our macroinvertebrate sampling station at Hopatcong State Park for our educational field trip program. When she’s not busy helping students identify river critters or conduct experiments on the Floating Classroom, she is in the office helping the staff keep the wheels running behind the scenes, including managing our Lake Steward program for the summer.
Melanie is a rising senior at Seton Hall University in South Orange, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies, minoring in Political Science, and getting a certificate in data analysis. Prior to joining us at the LHF, she has conducted invasive species removal efforts at Windsong Farm in Warren, N.J., and learned about biodynamic farming at the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. At Seton Hall, she plants and harvests vegetables in the campus garden and has done a variety of class projects, such as water quality testing and benthic sampling of the Rahway River; carbon sequestration at South Mountain Reservation; learning about raptor species at the Raptor Trust in Millington; and culturing microorganisms from the soil.
In addition to all the great environmental background she has, Melanie is a delight in the office, and we’re so happy to have her here with us for the summer.
“Seeing environmental protection in action outside of the classroom has not only encouraged me even more to take this path post-graduation, but has given me hope that people are acting to solve environmental issues,” she says. “Invasive species education and macroinvertebrate sampling may seem like small pieces of the puzzle; however, I am excited to be a part of something bigger than myself.”