By: Emma Bode
Full disclosure: before I began volunteering, I was already a microplastic geek. Naturally, I was stoked to have the opportunity to work on a solution to this ubiquitous environmental problem in my own community. What I didn’t know was that the sampling experience would be rewarding in so many other ways.
I’ve spent ample time near the Gallatin River, but participating in this initiative focused my attention. Deliberately walking along its tributary made me wonder: where did that water came from, where is it going? Returning to the same section of river each season kindled a precious intimacy with my sampling sites.
Collecting samples while adventuring is grounding. It offers a sense of purpose to a wildly self-indulgent outdoor culture. As an undergraduate in the Environmental Sciences, the project provides further meaning for me by putting what I learn in class into context.
Lastly, Adventure Scientists knows the way to a college student’s heart. They throw down on local and healthy food, good beer, and cool shwag. Their events are always organized, compassionate, and respectful of the valuable time volunteers give them. Thank you Adventure Scientists!
Emma Bode resides in Bozeman MT where she is an undergraduate studying environmental science with a focus in geospatial analysis. An enthusiastic advocate for environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equality, Emma believes that the three are interdependent. On a day off, you can find Emma adventuring, cooking good food with friends, or crafting her next piece of eccentric attire.