Julia Sparks joined the Spring Farm CARES team in 2019, first getting to know the menagerie in the Animal Sanctuary as a Small Animal Caretaker before moving into her role in the Nature Sanctuary. She relocated from Georgia to New York after working for several years as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in a wildlife center, aiding all native species from songbirds to alligators. She holds B.A.’s in Environmental Studies and Economics from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and uses her GIS experience to map trails, restoration projects, and unique plant communities within the sanctuary. Additionally, she is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a Leave No Trace Trainer.
In her position, Julia greatly enjoys her work in wetland restoration and in the extensive reforestation effort within the sanctuary. She thrives working outside in any conditions and is an avid hiker, skier, and climber, promoting sustainable recreation in every activity. She is delighted to educate the public on and offsite about responsible environmental stewardship and to cultivate everyone’s curiosity of the natural world.