Photo from Santa Monica Youth Program

July and August's New Members

Ann Wellhouse believes that low performing students benefit from extended experiences in natural habitats and most kids like technology, and that they should have quality outdoor experiences that include technology so that nature becomes part of their real interests.

Anne Dove

Carl Dugdale’s role at the University of California Riverside  is to create and expand youth programs and build community.

The City Project believes all people should have access to healthy, livable communities. This multicultural, Latino-led team works with diverse allies to ensure equal access to (1) parks and recreation; (2) climate justice; (3) physical education and schools of hope as centers of their communities; (4) health equity; and (5) economic vitality, creating jobs and avoiding green displacement. The City Project's mission is equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.

Community Nature Connection is a non profit organization which has its mission increasing access to the outdoors for diverse communities with innovative programs and in partnership with the communities they serve. Their programs include youth leadership, career pathways to parks, outdoor education programs for underserved audiences, the Transit to Trails program, providing transit to parks for audiences for whom lack of transportation is a barrier and advocacy and community engagement on issues of outdoor equity.

Dr. Jennifer Alford's (CSUSB) teaching and research interests center on challenging students to learn and appreciate the complex relationships between humans and environmental systems. Her classes often include outdoor experiences that focus on environmental education through the lens of environmental stewardship. Joining the coalition will enable her to develop new partnerships and provide a platform for intellectual exchange that supports her teaching and research goals.

The mission of the Earth Discovery Institute is to conduct innovative, effective science education and conservation stewardship programs that are integrated with science-driven ecological conservation.

Earthroots is dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. With this understanding, we hope that individuals then make choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the earth, themselves and each other.

The Environmental Nature Center inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.

Environmental Volunteers is looking forward to connecting with new networks of colleagues, practitioners, and partners.

Emely Lopez of State Coastal Conservancy is interested in joining the coalition to inform herself in regards to outdoor programs and get inspired as a young environmental steward.

Erika Delemarre has worked on a variety of marine conservation, outdoor education, and youth development programs in countries around the Pacific Ocean. She just finished her master's degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Everett Au is a passionate advocate for underserved communities and at-risk youth, community health and wellness, as well as encouraging sustainable lifestyles.

Friends of the Desert Mountains is joining the coalition because we are committed to expanding opportunities for all communities to experience meaningful, inspiring, and enduring connections to nature.

Ilana Peterson's undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources and she is currently a graduate student at San Francisco State University, in Public Health. She believes in making parks accessible to all and that participation in outdoor recreation activities and environmental education programs can have a significant impact on the health of individuals and communities, and greatly improve quality of life.

As a model of excellence in urban wildland management, Irvine Ranch Conservancy protects, restores, enhances and manages urban natural lands through on-the-ground field experience that integrates long-term adaptive resource protection and restoration with enjoyment and informed compatible use by adjacent human communities.

Jen Hopper has dedicated the last 19 years of her professional career towards getting folks outdoors and into nature. Mentoring college students to become leaders and advocates is the most rewarding part of her job.

As a PORTS Program Coordinator, Jennifer Langer works to address inequities in K-12 classrooms by connecting underserved students to CA State Parks using distance learning technologies and other FREE digital resources. Collaborative partnerships are essential to sustaining this park program, which is why she's joining the coalition.

Jon Christensen conducts research at UCLA on the environment, environmental funding, and equity, diversity, and access. He is also on the board of directors of the Los Angeles River State Park Partners and the Mojave Desert Land Trust and the advisory board of Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Lila Higgins is the Senior Manager of Community Science at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She hopes to connect to like-minded colleagues in the field to further community science as a means of outdoor engagement.

Making Adventure Possible for All Students, MAPAS, was started at University of California, Santa Barbara to address the financial, educational, and social boundaries that prevent students of marginalized communities from engaging in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, kayaking, climbing, surfing, etc. They believe it's important for ALL students to enjoy and learn from the outdoors, in a way that encourages self-reliance, curiosity, and an ethos of conservation and sustainability.

Mary Bonaparte-Saller was previously a science and outdoor educator for youth in Sacramento. As the Orange County 4-H Advisor, Mary wants to connect with other educators to bring strong outdoor education activities and programs that will connect local urban youth to the outdoors.

Ilana Peterson's undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources and she is currently a graduate student at San Francisco State University, in Public Health. She believes in making parks accessible to all and that participation in outdoor recreation activities and environmental education programs can have a significant impact on the health of individuals and communities, and greatly improve quality of life.

Mary Duffy believes he only way to secure the future of wild places, native habitats and flora and fauna is through education, empowering students with the tools to become lifelong stewards of the planet.

Michele Whiteaker empowers families to prioritize nature and play time by sharing park tips and play trips on her popular local blog which as established 10 years ago in 2008 and serves over 300,000 Orange County families per year. She's joining the Coalition to continue to bring a parent and community-based strategy/perspective to the table.

Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as scientific and conservation leaders. To accomplish our mission, we ensure every student experiences the ocean as well as the natural world in their neighborhood. Thus, California Outdoor Engagement Coalition and Ocean Discovery have similar goals.

Pogo Park transforms broken and little-used city parks in one of America’s toughest inner-city neighborhoods, Richmond, California’s “Iron Triangle,” into safe, green, and beautiful public spaces for children to play.

Rocio Centeno

SoCal Travels consults for outdoor organizations and brands to connect them with like-minded audiences. This includes social media and public relations strategy, as well as content development and campaign implementation.

UCI Outdoor Adventures hopes to educate the next generation of outdoor users to be mindful and good stewards of our environment.

 

To see a full list of our members, click here.