While I’ve been staying on the ship, Erin Pettit has been flying off by helicopter to study glaciers. She has a really cool job, and I wish she would take me with her on some of her adventures. But it turns out that she wants to take you!
Erin runs a program called Girls on Ice. Every year since 1999, she takes 9 teenage girls to Mt. Baker in Washington State for 11 days. The program is FREE and applications are available now at http://girlsonice.org/apply. Those of you at DLMS are a little too young for the program, but I want you to start thinking about it now so that you’ll be all set to apply in a few years. And tell your friends!
This isn’t just about getting to visit somewhere new and beautiful with an awesome scientist. You’ll learn how to study glaciers, how to climb glaciers, how to stay safe on glaciers, and you’ll even work with an artist to learn how to draw glaciers. And don’t worry: you don’t need any experience, you don’t need perfect grades, and you don’t even need to be sure that you want to be a scientist. You just need to be interested in learning more about the earth and in challenging yourself.