Introducing EDS Mentor: Natalie Maddox

Hi, my name is Natalie Maddox and I’ve recently joined the NRCA here at University of Connecticut. I’m a junior in the College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR), majoring in Natural Resources with a concentration in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation. My dream career would be somewhere in a Central American rainforest studying endangered species, specifically treefrogs.


I would say I have two homes. I was born in Rhode Island but raised partially in Missouri. My mom owns a flower shop in RI, while my dad is a cattle farmer in MO So that combo has influenced my contrasting interests of going shopping for hours or finding new food spots but equally enjoy “outdoorsy” activities. This would also lead to my passion for environmental justice and wildlife conservation.


In high school I created an Environmental Action club that still operates today. We lead weekly meetings about environmental news and how to further my school’s community to become more eco-friendly. Unfortunately it got shortened due to the pandemic but I hope to bring that passion for change, with my position as an Eco-Digital Storytellers Mentor.



One of the best ways to embrace positive change is to educate and spread knowledge. I hope to plant the “environmental-consciousness” seed in all of the students I mentor. By the end of the program, the goal is for all of them to be repotted wherever they end up and to continue pollinating their communities. Spreading environmental-based action all over.




NRCA’s Eco-Digital Storytellers is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program. The material on this webpage is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2148606. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.