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Meet Kaylee Our New Program Associate and Castro Valley High School Coordinator

Hi I’m Kaylee!

I graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Natural Resources and the Environment. With access to 13,000 acres of forest, rivers, and lakes on my campus, my love for the natural world inspired my focus studies in hydrology and forestry specifically. In college I involved myself in as many extracurriculars as possible, conducting a micro plastic study of the Tennessee River as a research assistant and participating in controlled wildfire burns on campus. While in college, I studied abroad in New Zealand, sailing in the South Pacific researching climate change effects on the global ocean.

After graduating with my Bachelors of Science, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps as a Coastal Resource Management Volunteer in the Philippines. Living in a small coastal fishing community, I worked with the local government to implement natural resource management projects as well as conduct environmental education programs with local grade schools. I became passionate about small-scale conservation after integrating into the Filipino community and learning more about their relationship with the natural world and their respect for its resources. I then went on to work as an American Conservation Experience Volunteer for AmeriCorps in Santa Cruz, conducting trail and restoration work all around Northern California- sparking my love and appreciation for the Bay Area and its access to so much nature!

As a Program Associate for Earth Team, I am so excited to work closely with Bay Area students who are passionate about environmental change and justice as well as being a part of local conservation efforts in their community.

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