“I fell in love with Minnesota while working with the Conservation Corps. I was able to take classes in indigenous studies, forestry, and ecological restoration at the University through the Conservation Corps, and now I’m applying what I learned at the University to care for its campus.
“As the natural areas gardener, I’m diversifying what we plant and incorporating hardy native species into our landscaping. Right now I’m working with partners and student interns to take 40 acres owned by the University and restore it to a natural area.
“The University offers great benefits, especially the Regents Scholarship. I’m hoping to take advantage of reduced price classes to continue learning about ecology and the history of this area. That way, I’ll be able to better use the land’s history to inform its future.”—Alex Wegrzyn, Natural Areas Gardner, Teamsters Local 320
Favorite tree: red cedar