Patty Mueller’s long-standing interest in environmental action and conservation drew her to join Minnesota’s Youth Conservation Corps in 1979 and 1980, and to become the Summer Youth Corps camp director in 1982. She was headed toward a career in environmental education and credits the Corps with helping solidify that direction, for both her work and life goals. “The Corps certainly added to my interest in wildlife and environmental action,” said Mueller.
From her hands-on work in YCC -- building trails and baking pies from blueberries handpicked on spike -- to her supervisory and project management work as SYC camp director, Mueller gained treasured experience, values and personal connections that she has carried into her life today. “The most personally meaningful part of the experience was making connections with amazing people with similar values,” she said. In fact, she met her husband while doing wildlife research in Alaska and now works as a high school science teacher in Hudson, Wisc. Her two kids are developing their own love for environmental stewardship. Mueller also volunteers, and is managing a grant that will train citizens on watershed education.