May 07

New Youth in Wilderness Program Coordinator

I am thrilled to be joining the VWA team! Growing up in San Luis Obispo, Salmon Creek was a favorite destination for my family and friends.  Since then, my passion for the wilderness has continued to grow, and the Silver Peak Wilderness is still one of my favorite places to explore. As Youth in Wilderness Program Coordinator, I hope to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding, appreciation and sense of responsibility for the Ventana Wilderness. I am passionate about developing programs that give students access to opportunities that are typically unavailable to them. I have over five years’ experience implementing and facilitating environmental and alternative education programs. After earning my BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, I engaged students in environmental education as a Naturalist for Sierra Outdoor School. I went on to work closely with at-risk youth at the YES School in Santa Cruz. Recently, I implemented the Green Academy program at Hayward High School, where I introduced students to careers in green energy through service projects and educational field trips. With the Youth in Wilderness program, I am excited to develop new partnerships with schools, youth development programs and other organizations that will help us expand awareness and appreciation for the Ventana Wilderness.

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