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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Our mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California

Certified environmental educators in california

Please join us in congratulating AEOE's Environmental Educator Certification Program graduates! This outstanding group of EE professionals (including residential outdoor school instructors, classroom teachers, higher education professors, garden educators, city employees, zoo and park staff, and emerging leaders in community-based organizations) spent the past year demonstrating their skills, reflecting on their practice, and building up their professional networks. We are so impressed by the care, professionalism, intention, and creativity these certified educators put into developing and implementing their final action projects, some of which included the production of materials and resources which have been linked to below.

California's certified environmental educators (with their year of completion and worksite listed at the time of the program) include:

  • Amanda Bradshaw, Cuyamaca Outdoor School (2022), Creativity in the Wild: A Brief Activity in Environmental Art
  • Ammy Rojas, Friends of Ballona Wetlands (2022), E.C.O. Quest - The Search for Diversity in the Environmental Field
  • Angela Vincent, City of Alameda (2022), Conservation & Composting for Climate Change
  • Barbara Gallios, San Francisco Unified School District /  McLaren Early Education School (2022), Nature Spaces for Young Children - Wildlife of Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Baylee Goodwin, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (2021), North Tahoe Demonstration Garden Tour and Education Programs
  • Burton Miller, Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy (2021), Designing and Developing an Advisory Team for Outdoor Education
  • Carli Baker, California State Parks (2021), Field Notes at Lake Merritt
  • Carolyn Everhart, Friends of Ballona Wetlands (2022), E.C.O. Quest - The Search for Diversity in the Environmental Field
  • Corey Kaye, Westminster Woods (2021) Video: Declutter and Decompose: A Student’s Guide to Waste and Compost
  • Danielle Ashton, Napa County Resource Conversation District (2021), Watershed Wonders - At Home Watershed Discovery
  • Devin Jackson, Foothill Middle School (2021)Virtual Earth Day “Green” Week 6Rs Change of Habit Challenge
  • Devon Azzam, Gevirtz School UCSB (2021), SBUSD Project HOPE+S: Harding Outdoor Program of Education + STEAM
  • Diana Rohini LaVigne, County of San Mateo Health Department (2022), Spreading Environmental Education Benefits to The Masses

  • Diana Ruiz, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District (2022), Nick's Garden at the Northside Urban Greening Project / Video: Introduction to Northside Heritage Meadows (2022)

  • Gretchen Doering, Golestan School Garden & Cooking Teacher (2021), Building Climate Resilient Communities: A Transdisciplinary Toolkit
  • Jamie Davis, Crestview Preparatory School (2022), Eco-literacy Week in Elementary School
  • Jennifer Alford, CA State University San Bernardino (2021), Plant and Agricultural Teaching and Collaboration Hub (P.A.T.C.H)
  • Jen Kappelhof, Ross Valley School District (2022), A Resource Guide for Early Childhood Environmental Educators
  • Jennifer Richard-Gantka, Los Angeles Unified School District / John F. Kennedy High School Global Leadership & Environmental Action Magnet (2022), GLEAM Green Space - Creating an Edible School Garden
  • Jodi Stewart, Marine Science Institute (2022), Let's Keep Our Neighborhoods Clean
  • Joshua Schaub, Adventure Risk Challenge (2021), Showing up for Social Justice as Environmental Educators
  • Karen Pierce, Achieve Tahoe (2021), Cards for Humanity
  • Karlee Jewell, Northcoast Regional Land Trust (2022), 

  • Katherine C. Todirita, Grizzly Hill School (2022), Starting Vermiculture and Agriculture at a School in the Sierras

  • Kelly Gresalfi, PS1 Pluralistic School (2022) Building Climate Resilient Communities: A Transdisciplinary Toolkit (2022)
  • Khrystal Alas, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (2022), Creating an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Learning Environment at the GRPC
  • Kris Espiritu, The Nature Inquisitive (2021), Connecting with Nature & the Self
  • Laura Lutz, Burris Park Outdoor Education (2022), Outdoor Education Supporting Classroom Instruction
  • Lauren Bergh, Santa Ana Zoo, Project WILD (2021), Rediscovering Project WILD: Adaptable Activities for Formal and Informal Audiences
  • Lauren McCawley, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (2021), Reciprocal Partnerships: Help Teachers to Help You
  • Lizz "Lizard" Atwood, Camp KEEP (2021), Outside In: Virtual Science for Pandemic Learning
  • Maribel Garcia, Climate Corps AmeriCorps (2022), The Decolonized Kitchen: Reflections on Centering Indigeneity in EE
  • Martha Cerda, Alviso Adobe Community Park, City of Pleasanton (2021) Houses Inspired by Nature
  • Maryjo "MJ" Sampang, NOLS (2021) Honoring Native Land and History: A Guide for Educators and Students To Teach Decolonized Curriculum
  • Mason Fernandez, Westminster Woods (2021), Video: Declutter and Decompose: A Student’s Guide to Waste and Compost
  • McKenzie Dale, Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Environmental Management Office (2022), Branching Out: Connecting Science, Culture, and Stewardship
  • Meaghan Sands, Crestview Preparatory School (2022), Eco-literacy Week in Elementary School
  • Melissa "Mel" Sarmento, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (2021) Virtual Programming for Groups w/ Special Needs
  • Michael Brodsky, Loyola Marymount University (2021), Curating an Art & Ecology Teaching Resource
  • Michael "Rhody" Shanahan, Shady Creek Outdoor School (2021), Watershed Program
  • Michelle Cyr, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (2021), Camp Pilot Program: Rebuilding Summer Camp at the Garden
  • Nina Schield, San Francisco Unified School District  / Rooftop Pk-8 (2022), Empowering a Student Government to Take Environmental Action
  • Nina Vuoso, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (2021), Designing Distance Learning Materials: A Community-based Partner Collaboration
  • Reesha Katcher, Independent Naturalist (2021) "Nature is Everywhere," a zero waste coloring and activity "cookbook" 
  • Renee Nealon, Petaluma City Schools / McDowell Elementary (2022), McDowell Elementary Native Habitat Garden 2.0
  • Rosanna Ruiz, CSU Fresno Recreation Administration Department (2022), Diversifying UC California Naturalist Participation by Intentional Program Design
  • Sarah Angulo, California Naturalist / Water Education Foundation (2022) UCSC Alumni Week: Natural History Careers Panel
  • Sarichia (Seekey) Cacciatore, Earth Discovery Institute and the San Diego Natural History Museum (2022), Escondido Creek Summer Camp Reunion/Family Day: Connecting Camp to Home
  • Shelly Hunt Smith, Tinkergarten (2022) Outdoor Play Presentation Resources

  • Stephen Suttle, Prospect Sierra School (2022) Gardening for Birds: Intersections of NGSS, SEL, and Stewardship

  • Tarah High, SCICON Outdoor School (2021), Wellness in the Wild
  • Venessa Becerra, Friends of the Desert Mountains (2022) Intentional Partnerships and Collaboration for a Queer Youth Outdoor and EE Program


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