I endeavor to remain active within local and regional communities, both at home and abroad. Because conservation cannot be accomplished alone, the involvement of students and citizen scientists, young and old alike, is vital. Thus, I routinely participate in various outreach, educational, and mentorship events at local schools, universities, and in the field. This inclusion enhances student likelihood of pursuing higher education degrees, promotes diversity in leadership, and provides a unique opportunity for in-situ conservation experiences. Involvement with villagers that live near field sites not only clarifies project goals, but cultivates relationships, forges deeper commitments to conservation, and enables projects to persist. Additional outreach with primary and high school children encourages them to interact with a "real live scientist" while introducing them to connections between global issues and personal responsibility. Some of the mentorship and outreach events I have been a part of include the ARESTY Research Center, Polar ICE Sci-I Project (NSF funded), STEM Community Outreach Symposium, Science Café, visits to John P. Stevens High School, and the training and mentorship of Indonesian undergraduate student assistants in sample collection, wildlife biology/field methods, data entry, parasite identification, and laboratory techniques.