Congratulations Project Wildlife class of 2019!

Pictured, from left: Robert Amsdell, Will Triplett, Sofia Motelka, Wildlife Program Specialist Christine Barnett, Sarah Krofta, Paige Burns and Alyssa Veverka.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center congratulates the Project Wildlife Class of 2019 including Robert Amsdell of Lake Ridge Academy, Paige Burns of Westlake High School, Mia Centuori of Rocky River High School, Sarah Krofta of Olmsted Falls High School, Sofia Motelka of St. Joseph Academy, Isabella Teter of Lorain High School, Will Triplett of Rocky River High School and Alyssa Veverka of Olmsted Falls High School.

The Center is the only organization in Northeast Ohio for teenagers to gain hands-on experience in the fields of wildlife and animal care. Project Wildlife serves as a valuable career experience and introduces students to the wide variety of opportunities available in the field. The majority of this year’s graduating seniors plan to continue their education by pursuing degrees in the areas of biology, environmental science, veterinary medicine or related studies.

“We are so proud of our graduating seniors who have provided a combined 21 years’ worth of service hours to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center,” said Wildlife Program Specialist Christine Barnett. “They have demonstrated an amazing amount of skill in the areas of animal care, wildlife rehabilitation, beekeeping, education and presentation.”

Launched in 2015, Project Wildlife provides service learning opportunities for high school students throughout the Greater Cleveland area to learn the basics about wildlife education, animal care and wildlife rehabilitation. After undergoing an application and interview process, accepted students are trained to properly clean enclosures, prepare food and examine the health of resident animals, including birds of prey, mammals, fish and reptiles. As they advance through the program, students can choose from three learning tracks based on their personal interests: wildlife research, wildlife rehabilitation or public wildlife education.

The Center wishes the Class of 2019 the best of luck in their future endeavors!

To learn more about the Center’s Project Wildlife program, visit

Morgan Paskert

Morgan Paskert is on staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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