The End of Summer Evals

We love going through the Campus Grad program books at the end of summer to see what kids had to say about our classes. Here are a few we loved.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Interns

5 Things You Might Not Know About the Interns

By Jensen Goodell

1.We are sarcastic 92% of the time.


Although it pains us that we cannot be sarcastic all of the time, the other 8% of our job is pure seriousness. This is reserved for when we are discussing the importance of safety and instruction in our classes to ensure that everything can go smooth and everyone can have fun.

2. The tan lines are real, and they are awkward.

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Everyone has heard of the farmers tan, but the interns at TOC put those farmers to shame. The tan lines also make it extremely awkward when we do decide to go sleeveless. Kudos to the brave interns that wear Chacos on an everyday basis; those tan lines are close to impossible to hide. P.S. this is the actual foot of Intern Erica Jurgensen.

3. Long after work hours, we still smell like fish and campfire.


Who needs perfume when you have wondrous smells on campfire and fish? The smell is a true stamp of pride that you are an intern at TOC. Spending your days outdoors making delicious smacos and fishing for hours on end is just part of the job description.

4. It’s always a battle: Fitbit vs. Food.


If you have been to TOC, you might have noticed the majority of the interns wear a Fitbit. So you would think that we are really healthy, right? Well it might come as a surprise to know that if there are any treats in our reach, you can bet they will be gone in a matter of minutes. Our Fitbit only provides an excuse to eat as much as we want. Ya know, because we take so many steps!

5. We are “happy to be here.”


Being an intern at The Outdoor Campus also means you get to work with a lot of great people. You would think that we might get sick of each other from working together all day, every day for an entire summer, but we don’t. We even hang out outside of work because we cannot get enough of each other.

From Cold Stone and Finding Dory, to hanging out at Erica’s house and our staff development days also known as “Family Sunday Funday”… on a Friday, we enjoy each other’s company. Contrary to popular belief, we do indeed work as well. Although our family and friends might not believe it, because they only hear about all the fun things we do! Getting the opportunity to work with great people and teach some super fun classes, when we say we are “happy to be here”, we mean it.

Thanks for a good summer!

Jensen is a naturalist intern for The Outdoor Campus this summer. She is currently studying at Augustana University as an elementary education major.

The Best Seeds for Your Road Trip

The Best Seeds for Your Road Trip

sunflower-seeds-537652_1280by Brian Long

The Step Outside crew is always on the road and when on the road we have become sunflower connoisseurs. Snacking is important on long road trips and every time we stop at the gas station our snack of choice is always a bag of sunflower seeds.

We usually mix it up and go with a different flavored bag every time. Being on the road so much we have been able to try pretty much all of them. It’s important with sunflower seeds if you are eating a lot that you will want a flavor that does not destroy your mouth. Some flavors such as buffalo wing or some BBQ flavors are really good but, they are kind of hard on your gums.

It is also important to have a drink with your sunflower seeds such as tea or water because your mouth will get a little dry as well. With so many different brands and different flavors, we would like to share our thoughts on what are the best.

We ranked our top five sunflower seeds flavors and brand names. The one kind of sunflower seeds that made all of our top 5 was Giants Salty Sweet. This is a favorite because it has the best flavor and it is not hard on your gums at all so you can eat them the entire road trip. So next time you are on the road feel free to take our advice on our top flavors of sunflower seeds.


Brian Tom Andrew
1 Giants- Salty Sweet Bigs– Barbeque Giants – Salty Sweet
2 Spitz– Dill Pickle Bigs– Sizzling Bacon Bigs– Buffalo Wing
3 Giants– Black Pepper Bigs– Dill Pickle David– BBQ
4 Wild Dutchman Giants– Salty Sweet Giants– Bacon Ranch
5 Dakota Style– BBQ Bigs– Original Spitz– Cracked Pepper


Brian Long is SD Game, Fish and Parks outreach naturalist. He travels all over southeast South Dakota to teach kids about the outdoors. This summer he traveled with his two interns, Andrew and Tom.