Al Pak has lived in Missoula since the 5th grade and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Geography. During an environmental studies class she learned about WEN and went to her first volunteer training in 2008 and taught school groups mostly at the biological station. Al then grew her new found love of aquatic invertebrates, or “bugs” as she calls them, into a job working for Rhithron Associates in Missoula, an aquatic taxonomy and water analysis company working, hands-on, counting and identifying aquatic invertebrates everyday.
How did you first get started volunteering with WEN?
“So, I went to a WEN training and my mind was blown. I had no idea what it was. I had no knowledge of anything related, remotely close to water. It was all new and it was pretty fascinating stuff. And then they pulled out the bugs and they had me!”