Maine Coast Semester

Tara Krantz

Teaching Fellow


Tara Krantz

Growing up in Cleveland, OH, my love for the outdoors began as a child at summer camp, but truly blossomed in my high school Outdoor Leadership program. At 16 I learned backpacking and survival skills, wilderness first aid, and that true friendships are forged outdoors. After a gap year where I explored the South Pacific and Costa Rica, I knew I wanted to study and work in environmental sustainability where I could do my part in helping communities adapt to climate change.

I graduated from Northwestern University in 2021 with degrees in Environmental Science and Spanish and was a leader in Northwestern University Dance Marathon and Alternative Student Breaks. I spent a semester abroad in Ecuador studying tropical ecology through field excursions into ecosystems including the Amazon and the Páramo (high mountain biome). Working with multiple summer camps I spent my summers in college leading multi-day canoeing, backpacking, and biking trips for students between 3rd – 12th grade in northern Wisconsin and Cape Cod. Before coming to Chewonki I spent a year working with the Marin Resource Conservation District in California as a GrizzlyCorps Fellow through a climate action AmeriCorps program. Along with leading a GIS system overhaul I worked with land managers across Marin County to implement carbon sequestration practices on their property.

My education journey has been shaped by experiential education opportunities and place-based learning, and I’m excited to continue learning and contribute to Chewonki through my work with Chloe Kraus-Chen and Megan McOsker in the Maine Coast Semester natural science course.

In my free time I love to hike, read, practice my Spanish, find water to swim in, and cheer on the Cleveland Guardians.

What Brought Me to Chewonki?

I believe that a passion for nature and place-based science education is the key to inspiring climate action rather than apathy. MSC embodies this truth and allows students to discover a love for the natural world!


B.A. in Environmental Science and Spanish, Northwestern University (IL)

Select Publications

Katuna, M., Walker-van Aalst, O. Krantz, T. 2022. Tending the Edges: The Benefits of Hedgerows on Bay
Area Working Lands. Marin Resource Conservation District, Point Reyes Station, CA. [English link]
[Spanish link]

Krantz, T. 2019. Effectiveness of Different Agricultural Management Styles as Insect Biological Corridors:
A comparison of insect populations in fragmented Chocó cloud forest, Ecuador. Independent Study
Project. School of International Training, Quito, Ecuador. [link]

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