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Meet Saige Sentell, Sycamore’s new Education Director

Howdy, y’all!

As a little girl growing up in the rolling hills of Madison, Indiana, nature was where I felt most at home. Whether I was stomping through the creek with my dog or watching the trees sway during a storm, these experiences sparked my sense of curiosity and awe for the natural world. As I grew older, I knew I’d spend my life protecting and caring for the land that raised me.

After studying Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology at Indiana University, I began working as a seasonal with the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and a private adventure based boarding school. At the boarding school, I worked with teachers and staff to create social, emotional, and educational programs all while adventuring through Appalachia. I was able to provide educational programming for the Siuslaw National Forest on the central Oregon coast; fire and trail support on the Columbia River Gorge NSA in Hood River, Oregon; and backcountry and EMS services to Yellowstone National Park in the Old Faithful District. Although these experiences were incredible and life on the road was beautiful, nothing compared to the community and home I felt in my southern Indiana rolling hills.

I moved back to Bloomington in 2019 and began working for Eco Logic, LLC as a restoration technician, eventually becoming a Green Infrastructure and Native Landscaping supervisor. I was able to grow my skills as an ecologist, botanist, and project manager with special thanks to my amazing mentors. In 2021 I was asked to move to Indianapolis to open and run the first satellite branch of Eco Logic. This meant outfitting a warehouse with all restoration tools and needs, providing project management, and supervising a growing staff of restorationists. During the past few years, I’ve watched the office grow from only a couple employees to an established and thriving hub of ecological restoration services.

I am now eager and excited to begin my work as the Environmental Education Director for Sycamore Land Trust. I hope to draw on my experiences with Eco Logic, LLC and my seasonal positions to create meaningful and impactful programming to all age levels and abilities. And with the opening of the new Carl Ziegler Wetlands and Nature Center, I hope to create a space where the community can come together to discuss native plants, watch spring migration, and make new connections. We’ve truly got something special here!

I look forward to seeing you all in the wetlands soon!