Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Kayla Okla
Kayla Okla, an undergraduate student double majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies, was selected as one of the 2022 Interns for the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. This program aims to provide meaningful experiences for undergraduates interested in natural resource conservation careers, and Kayla was one of the seven interns chosen this year.
Kayla is from Hartford, WI. She was previously an undergraduate research assistant for a Chemical Ecology Lab at UW-Madison and is currently involved with the environmental education program at Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton, WI. For her summer internship, Kayla worked with Wisconsin DNR Parks & Recreation, spending most of her time at Lake Kegonsa State Park maintaining the park, checking the beach’s water quality, and leading birding hikes.
After graduating, Kayla plans to pursue a career in environmental education and possibly become an interpretive ranger for the National Park Service someday. She is also the newly elected Vice President of the UW-Madison Chapter of The Wildlife Society. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, birding, kayaking, and loves to visit the Rocky Mountains!
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