I don’t remember my very first visit to Allerton, but I started working at Science & Nature Day Camp in high school. Among other things, I remember building solar ovens out of pizza boxes (or attempting to), playing speed Uno in the Meadow, sketching in the Fu Dog Garden, and learning right along with the campers (I still think about Camp every time I hear a barred owl hoot “Who Cooks for You?”). I always said it was the best job, and I couldn’t believe it when twelve years later I got the opportunity to work at Allerton again as the Associate Director of Advancement. I don’t know what I love more – the incredible staff I work with, the fellow Allerton lovers I get to meet, or the awe-inspiring place I call ‘work’.
I am continually grateful for Robert Allerton’s generosity. He could’ve done a number of things with his private estate, but he chose to give it to the public. Working with our generous community to continue his vision and steward his gift is a true honor. I find a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration every time I watch my kids experience the wonder and magic of Allerton. Everyone needs more Allerton in their life!