Michelle Klim

Conservation Nursery and Taylors Checkerspot Butterfly Coordinator                                MES Program, The Evergreen State College

Michelle Klim is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, a former steel mill town between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. She received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Youngstown State University, where she was also a member of the cross country and track teams.

Her professional career started in college at Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum, where she worked as a tour guide. She then moved to Porter, Indiana to work as a water quality technician for Indiana Dunes National Park. The following season, she worked at Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a vegetation management technician, where she was also a member of the search and rescue team. Next, Michelle moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the University of Utah. While there, she worked for the city’s parks and recreation department maintaining trails and the Natural History Museum of Utah as a botany digitization technician. She left Utah to attend Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies Program.

When not in class or at work, Michelle can be found running with her dog, biking around town, or relaxing in a park.