Meet our new naturalist!

Laura Early grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, exploring and discovering all that was around her. Her family frequently visited the Carolinas’ beautiful coastline, which inevitably lead to her falling in love with the ocean. With a very curious mind, science has always been “way cool!” to her.

While completing her B.S. in Biology at Clemson University, she fed her love of travel by studying in the Rocky Mountains, the Caribbean island of Dominica, and India. She also spent a summer working with the sea turtle program at Cumberland Island National Seashore. Experiencing a female loggerhead sea turtle lay a nest of over 100 eggs was one of those moments where you realize that some pretty amazing things are happening in the ocean. She realized that in order to conserve such wonderful and important things as natural spaces, people need to feel that same awe and inspiration that she felt while watching that sea turtle.

Laura is always looking for an adventure, and since graduating has worked with University of Florida’s Wildlife Ecology team, as an outdoor education instructor for Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute, and most recently with the nonprofit Sanibel Sea School. At Sanibel Sea School, she led children in exploring and learning about all that was around them by snorkeling, seining, canoeing, bird-watching, and beachcombing. She also worked to spread Sanibel Sea School’s reach to a wider audience through social media outlets.

Here at Little St. Simons Island, she is excited to embark on many more adventures of discovery, and share that excitement with everyone she can!

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