We are so excited to have a wonderful crew of environmental educators set for the spring season!
Leah is originally from near Syracuse, NY and got her degree in Conservation Biology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. She is currently the Marine Debris/STEM educator at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies focusing a lot of her time on ROVs (remote operated vehicles), coastal cleanups, and running her after-school Backyard Club for middle schoolers . Last year, she completed a term with AmeriCorps at CACS and decided she coudn't leave this amazing place. This spring, she is super excited to start working with drones in Kachemak Bay for monitoring of invasives, pollution, and changes in the ecosystem in hard to reach areas. She loves to hike, read, crochet, and explore new places. She is loving Alaska and all the adventures it has to offer!
Bob is from the windy city of Chicago. Bob attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin 2008-2012. He pursued a degree in Geography and Earth Sciences, with minor studies in Geology and Environmental Studies. He also participated in a trip to southern Louisiana to help with the cleanup efforts of the BP Oil Spill. Bob found an environmental education position at Galena Creek Park in the Reno/ Lake Tahoe area. He instantly fell in love with the idea of education in an outdoor setting. He believes people of all ages can find out about life's greatest wonders with just a short adventure in the woods. He has worked for Americorps in Idaho managing stream and creek restoration projects, in Gig Harbor, Washington as a naturalist educator at YMCA Camp Seymore, and as an assistant camp director in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Bob hopes to make a career out of Outdoor Education either in a summer camp or even in a residential camp. Shooting photographs, camping, skiing, and fly fishing are all things Bob enjoys. He knows this spring in Alaska will be full of great connections, inspiring children about the outdoors, and having a whole lot of fun! Bob is joining us for another season after being a great part of the 2015 spring Environmental Education Team!
Kim is a lifelong naturalist, artist and adventurer residing in Homer. She received a bachelor of science from The Evergreen State College. As an environmental educator, she leads Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies school groups during the spring, and spends summers guiding with St. Augustine’s Kayak and Tours, always with an eye towards the bizarre and fascinating wonders of nature. With her partner Bjorn Olson, she has traversed thousands of miles of Alaskan wilderness, including kayak touring the Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords, rafting the Kuskokwim River, and biking the snowy Iditarod Trail to the Arctic Circle. Nature journaling, relief printmaking and writing are her preferred methods for artistically interpreting and sharing her experiences. Kim also volunteers with the nonprofit organizations Ground Truth Trekking and the Homer Cycling Club.
Caitlin is excited to rejoin the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies for a third season this spring and can't wait to see all her favorite invertebrates again. In the past year she has lead groups pf varying ages in Denali, The North Cascades in Washington and Trinidad, and enjoys working as a Naturalist Guide in Denali National Park in the summer, where she gets to see shore birds on their breeding grounds. Caitlin hails from Pittsburgh, PA and while wintering there has small local adventures in state parks, catches up with friends and generally enjoys some down time before the next trip North.
Seth is originally from Minnesota, but now lives in Homer. He spent last spring as an environmental educator for Coastal Studies, and now works as the Education Program Coordinator and Wynn Nature Center Coordinator. He has a Masters of Education, and his background is connecting youth with the natural world around them. He is an avid birder, and loves poking around tide pools seeing what he can find! He can’t wait to help you see the wonders of the natural world in and around Kachemak Bay.