Cassie Hatzfeld’s interest and passion for being outside sprouted at an early age. Cassie remembers spending her early days outdoors with family and friends in a small town in New Jersey, and special vacations at the beach. Cassie was fortunate to foster this love of the environment and earned her B.S. in Environmental Science at Loyola University Chicago. Before moving to Oswego in 2016, Cassie spent seven years in Chicago working with a team to develop the Volunteer Program in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the largest urban forest preserve in the country. She has over ten year of experience getting volunteers active and involved in the green spaces around them. Cassie is energetic about volunteering and committed to nature. She believes a strong volunteer program is a fantastic way to connect people with the environment and their community and can also build a lifelong tie to an organization. As an active mother of three adventurous boys, she gets to witness the power of nature every day.