Patrick Oliver

October 2011
Mount Diablo H.S.

Mr. Patrick Oliver teaches AP Environmental Science and Biology at Mount Diablo High School in Concord CA, where he has taught for the past 6 years.  He is the faculty advisor to the Environmental Club, a Teacher's Union representative and organizer, and is an elected member of  the Site Council, the governing body of the school. Oliver has worked in the environment and with young people for many years, including service with the Nature Conservancy in 1992. Beginning in 1995 he worked with
Greenpeace, and in 1998 started a non-profit environmental education service for at-risk youth, Eco-PREP.  He has since worked as Crew Leader with the Student Conservation Association. He has been a credentialed classroom science teacher since 2005.

Mr. Oliver has been very active with EarthTeam programs over the past several years, participating in EarthTeam's Restoration Initiative.  He is always taking initiative on ensuring that his AP Environmental Science students make it out to the Dow Wetlands to conduct real field science: "I want to thank you and the ET crew for helping me pull together an amazing field trip to the Dow wetlands with my summer school class from the Oakland Military Institute. Krist [from Dow Wetlands] was great, as usual, and the kids were really amazing workers.  Actually it really was the best trip ever, especially with the new trail they have out there...I would love to (further) tap into your resources and hopefully get our kids more connected to your programs."

 Patrick has been a joy to work with; he is a dedicated teacher who takes any extra effort possible to ensure that his students have a an enriching variety of classes and field trips through Mt. Diablo HS.  He's also an avid climber and outdoorsman, appreciating the landscape and habitat about which he teaches so passionately to the next generation.  Kudos to Patrick!