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Faces of Service: Paul Wiemerslage M. Ed., Environmental Education Program Coordinator

Posted by lindsaybarden | Jan 04, 2017

Faces of Service: Paul Wiemerslage M.Ed., Environmental Education Program Coordinator from Au Sable Institute on Vimeo.

 

From even your first interaction with him, you will be met by friendly enthusiasm, genuine interest and a personality marked clearly by a zest for life. Paul Wiemerslage is the Au Sable Institute’s Environmental Education Program Coordinator and brings passion and care to his work delivering the hands-on, field based K-12th-grade environmental education experiences at the Institute, and mentoring recent college graduates in the Environmental Education Internship Program where interns are equipped with the necessary skills to become effective environmental educators.

With his journey at ASI beginning as a college student from Bethel University, Paul spent the summer of 2005 taking field courses for his undergrad from the Great Lakes campus during Summer Session I, and the Pacific Rim campus during Summer Session II. From this, he fell in love with the Au Sable experience and community, and so returned in 2006 to study a winter stream ecology course, and take part in the Environmental Education Internship. Stepping far outside his known interests to participate in the internship, Paul realized through the experience that his knowledge and love of the outdoors/creation coincided with his passion for people, perfectly in environmental education.

From 2007-2009 Paul worked as the Program Assistant to Patricia Fagg (then, Environmental Education Program Coordinator) before leaving Au Sable for two years to pursue his Master’s in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. In 2011, after graduating Paul returned to the Au Sable Institute to fill the role of Program Coordinator upon Patricia’s retirement.

Today, Paul is the staff member at Au Sable with the longest tenure as a full-time employee of the Institute and is known to bring a splash of humor to most every situation.

Paul says of his time working for ASI, “Au Sable has positively impacted my life by helping to align my interests and values with the sources of my strength.  Working for a Christian environmental non-profit ensures that every day the focus of my energy will be directed towards an ultimate good, which is a humbling feeling. It is incredibly satisfying to be associated with an organization that is devoted to bringing awareness and concern for the environment to the forefront of Christian faith.”

Outside of work, Paul enjoys fishing, biking, climbing, skiing, hiking and running. He loves to drink coffee with his wife in the morning, slay dragons with his stepdaughter in the evening, and try to guess what his yellow lab is thinking at any given moment.