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Certified environmental educators in california

California's Environmental Educator Certification Program Graduates

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 as well as the title of their community-based final action project – include:

  • Amanda Bradshaw (2022), Cuyamaca Outdoor School, Creativity in the Wild: A Brief Activity in Environmental Art
  • Ammy Rojas (2022), Friends of Ballona WetlandsE.C.O. Quest - The Search for Diversity in the Environmental Field
  • Anna Jackson (2023), Ventura County Farm to School, Tierra Vista Elementary's Chumash Garden and Curriculum
  • Angela Vincent (2022), City of Alameda, Conservation & Composting for Climate Change
  • Barbara Gallios (2022), San Francisco Unified School District /  McLaren Early Education School, Nature Spaces for Young Children - Wildlife of Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Baylee Goodwin (2021), UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, North Tahoe Demonstration Garden Tour and Education Programs
  • Burton Miller (2021), Emerald Bay Outdoor AcademyDesigning and Developing an Advisory Team for Outdoor Education
  • Camila Leon (2024), Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Engaging Spanish-speaking Santa Barbara with a Museum Scavenger Hunt
  • Carli Baker (2021), California State Parks, Field Notes at Lake Merritt
  • Carolyn Everhart (2022), Friends of Ballona Wetlands, E.C.O. Quest - The Search for Diversity in the Environmental Field
  • Ciel Fox Muir (2023), Westminster Woods, Interconnectedness Through Community: Queer Nature Journal Club
  • Corey Chan (2023), Kids for the Bay, Student-Led Action Project: Deep Dive into Microplastics
  • Corey Kaye (2021), Westminster Woods, Video: Declutter and Decompose: A Student’s Guide to Waste and Compost
  • Danielle Ashton (2021), Napa County Resource Conversation DistrictWatershed Wonders - At Home Watershed Discovery
  • Derek McGovern (2023), San Mateo Outdoor Education, Curriculum for Supporting New Environmental Educators

  • Devin Jackson (2021), Foothill Middle SchoolVirtual Earth Day “Green” Week 6Rs Change of Habit Challenge
  • Devon Azzam (2021), Gevirtz School UCSBSBUSD Project HOPE+S: Harding Outdoor Program of Education + STEAM
  • Diana Rohini LaVigne (2022), County of San Mateo Health Department, Spreading Environmental Education Benefits to The Masses

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

  • Elisha Burns (2023), Santa Clara County Elementary, Blending - Environmental Engagement In The General Classroom
  • Elena Frink (2023), Neptune Nature Preschool, Power of Outdoor Play
  • Emily Baxter (2023), Friends of the Dunes, Summer Sand Adventures: Revitalizing Summer Youth Programs for Friends of the Dunes
  • Emily Noel (2023), Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education, Steelhead for Watershed!
  • Erin Snyder (2023), Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, Habitat to Go: Riparian and Coastal Sage Scrub lessons
  • Gretchen Doering (2021), Golestan School Garden & Cooking Teacher, Building Climate Resilient Communities: A Transdisciplinary Toolkit
  • Heather Bailey (2023), Patagonia: Great Pacific Child Development Center, Nurturing with Nature Conference
  • Ian (Ibis) Gledhill (2023), Big Lagoon Elementary School, Outsider Outside; Creating an EE Program in Yurok Country
  • Jaclyn DeSantis (2023), Ojai Raptor Center, Traveling Talons: A Rentable Teacher’s Kit with Bio Facts
  • Jamie Davis (2022), Crestview Preparatory School, Eco-literacy Week in Elementary School
  • Jenna Cobb (2023), Community Nature Connection, Trilingual Water 101 Field Trip for Grown-Ups

  • Jennifer Alford (2021), CA State University San BernardinoPlant and Agricultural Teaching and Collaboration Hub (P.A.T.C.H)
  • Jennifer Iyer (2023), Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, Habitat to Go: Riparian and Coastal Sage Scrub lessons
  • Jen Kappelhof (2022), Ross Valley School District, A Resource Guide for Early Childhood Environmental Educators
  • Jennifer Richard-Gantka (2022), Los Angeles Unified School District / John F. Kennedy High School Global Leadership & Environmental Action Magnet, GLEAM Green Space - Creating an Edible School Garden
  • Jodi Stewart (2022), Marine Science Institute, Let's Keep Our Neighborhoods Clean
  • Joshua Schaub (2021), Adventure Risk ChallengeShowing up for Social Justice as Environmental Educators
  • Josie Blue (2023), San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Native Habitat Restoration at San Pasqual High School

  • Joy Hilton (2023), American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation, Watershed Exploration For Everyone! A Community Environmental Education Popup Series

  • Karen Pierce (2021), Achieve TahoeCards for Humanity
  • Karlee Jewell (2022), Northcoast Regional Land Trust, Utilizing Program Evaluation & Community Input to Improve our EE Programming

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

  • Katie Pelon (2023), Environerd, Coastal Nature Journaling for Young Learners in California: "Coastal California Nature Journal" Book

  • Kelly Gresalfi (2022), PS1 Pluralistic School, Building Climate Resilient Communities: A Transdisciplinary Toolkit 
  • Khrystal Alas (2022), Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, Creating an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Learning Environment at the GRPC
  • Kirsten Franklin (2023), Petaluma City Schools, Creating a School Site Culture of Environmental Literacy
  • Kris Espiritu (2021), The Nature InquisitiveConnecting with Nature & the Self
  • Laura Lutz (2022), Burris Park Outdoor Education, Outdoor Education Supporting Classroom Instruction
  • Lauren Bergh (2021), Santa Ana Zoo, Project WILDRediscovering Project WILD: Adaptable Activities for Formal and Informal Audiences
  • Lauren McCawley (2021)Guadalupe River Park ConservancyReciprocal Partnerships: Help Teachers to Help You
  • Lexie Felix (2023), San Jose Conservation Corps, Corpsmember Development Day: Building Community and Belonging in the Outdoors
  • Lizz "Lizard" Atwood (2021), Camp KEEPOutside In: Virtual Science for Pandemic Learning
  • Maribel Garcia (2022), Climate Corps AmeriCorps, The Decolonized Kitchen: Reflections on Centering Indigeneity in EE
  • Martha Cerda (2021), Alviso Adobe Community Park, City of Pleasanton, Houses Inspired by Nature
  • Maryjo "MJ" Sampang (2021), NOLS, Honoring Native Land and History: A Guide for Educators and Students To Teach Decolonized Curriculum
  • Mason Fernandez (2021), Westminster Woods, Video: Declutter and Decompose: A Student’s Guide to Waste and Compost
  • McKenzie Dale (2022), Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Environmental Management Office, Branching Out: Connecting Science, Culture, and Stewardship
  • Meaghan Sands (2022), Crestview Preparatory School, Eco-literacy Week in Elementary School
  • Meg Michel (2023), Kern Environmental Education Program, Cultivating Self, Empowerment, & Community for Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Melissa "Mel" Sarmento (2021), Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, Virtual Programming for Groups w/ Special Needs
  • Michael Brodsky (2021), Loyola Marymount UniversityCurating an Art & Ecology Teaching Resource
  • Michael "Rhody" Shanahan (2021), Shady Creek Outdoor SchoolWatershed Program
  • Michelle Cyr (2021), Santa Barbara Botanic GardenCamp Pilot Program: Rebuilding Summer Camp at the Garden
  • Monica Appiano (2023), University of Miami (student), Earth Day Native Miami Coastal Plants Education and Beach Cleanup

  • Monica Curiel (2023), Chino Basin Water Conservation District, Trilingual Water 101 Field Trip for Grown-Ups

  • Nikki Evans (2023), Sedgwick Reserve, Trauma-informed Environmental Education: Helping Students Feel Safe and Connected in Nature
  • Nina Schield (2022), San Francisco Unified School District  / Rooftop Pk-8, Empowering a Student Government to Take Environmental Action
  • Nina Vuoso (2021), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space DistrictDesigning Distance Learning Materials: A Community-based Partner Collaboration
  • Reesha Katcher (2021), Independent Naturalist, "Nature is Everywhere," a zero waste coloring and activity "cookbook" 
  • Renee Nealon (2022), Petaluma City Schools / McDowell Elementary, McDowell Elementary Native Habitat Garden 2.0
  • Rocio Mancia (2024), Neptune Nature Preschool, The Power of Outdoor Play
  • Rocio Sanchez-Nolasco (2023), Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Fire Ecology & Climate Resilience for Community Engagement
  • Rosanna Ruiz (2022)CSU Fresno Recreation Administration Department, Diversifying UC California Naturalist Participation by Intentional Program Design
  • Sajeemas (Mint) Pasakdee (2023), Osborne Nature Center-Peterson Middle School, Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD), Bryan Osborne Nature Trails: Self-Guided Walking Map

  • Sandra Field (2023), Green Dragon Conservation Education and Feed and Be Fed San Pedro Little Sprouts and ‘Dino’ Garden, “How Many Ways Can You Use 5 Gallons of Water?”

  • Sandra Knoy (2023), University Elementary, Laguna de Santa Rosa Activity Kits
  • Sarah Angulo (2022), California Naturalist / Water Education Foundation, UCSC Alumni Week: Natural History Careers Panel
  • Sarah Levitt (2023), The Buckley School, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Lower School Paper and Plastic School Lunch Program
  • Sarichia (Seekey) Cacciatore (2022), Earth Discovery Institute and the San Diego Natural History Museum, Escondido Creek Summer Camp Reunion/Family Day: Connecting Camp to Home
  • Shelly Hunt Smith (2022), Tinkergarten, Outdoor Play Presentation Resources

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

  • Tarah High (2021), SCICON Outdoor SchoolWellness in the Wild
  • Venessa Becerra (2022), Friends of the Desert Mountains, Intentional Partnerships and Collaboration for a Queer Youth Outdoor and EE Program
  • Victoria Dunch (2023), San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Native Habitat Restoration at San Pasqual High School

Environmental educators originally certified in other states

Reciprocity from other states that are accredited by NAAEE is supported by California’s EECP (click here to see the list of applicable states). Reach out to aeoe@aeoe.org if you would like to request reciprocity. Educators that originally received certification from other states are listed below. Congratulations to all the amazing certified environmental educators in California!

  • Jennifer Ortega (2023), Cal Poly Humboldt

Please enjoy this slideshow below of community action project presentations below:

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