My life passions are sharing my love of nature and outdoor activities with others, as well as raising and staying involved with four very active children.
I received a BS in “Plant Ecology and Environmental Policy” at UC Davis, and began 10 years of regional water quality planning in the Monterey area. I also was fortunate to work for the National Park Service as a naturalist and in backcountry research.
Following several years of full time parenting, I began my outdoor education work for the Santa Lucia Conservancy and have been doing so for 19 years. With my partner Kirsten, I am very proud to have created an extensive array of curriculum for a wide range of ages that meets science education standards and is specific to our beautiful location. Every day is an adventure and I love inspiring our youth and their parents. I continue to learn all that I can about nature so I can share with others.
I also am passionate about numerous sports including hiking and skiing and have coached swimming, water polo and diving. My active children include a winter Olympics medalist.
I love all native plants and animals and watching the change of seasons on the Preserve.