Growing up in Yonkers, NY Alivia wasn’t really raised doing much outdoors. In her sophomore year of high school she had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors for the first time working with the non-profit organization Groundwork USA. She’s gone from learning about the Department of Interior to shaking hands with Sally Jewell; from setting up a tent for the first time to living in the northern woods of Maine constructing trails with the Appalachian Mountain Club; from visiting a state park for the first time to living and working in Yellowstone National Park with the Youth Conservation Corps. Since her start with Groundwork all of Alivia’s experiences have enabled her to enjoy working in the field of conservation. Alivia is currently working with the Student Conservation Association in their Excelsior Corps program learning about New York’s environmental opportunities.