Kylie Smith | Naturalist
Kylie Smith grew up in Tiburon CA and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. She participated in the Natural History Field Quarter traveling throughout California and studying various ecosystems. Kylie holds a certificate of completion in the Experiential Leadership Program and the California Naturalist Program. She is experienced at bird identification, has been a teaching assistant for a Natural History of Birds class and has conducted research to determine the dietary habits of Brandt’s Cormorants. Kylie has worked as an educator with the Bird School Project where she taught 5th grade and high school students about local birds and the practice of birding. As a docent at Natural Bridges, Kylie taught school groups about Monarch Butterflies and as an Inclusion Assistant she worked with 6-14 year old special needs students. Kylie has also worked as a summer camp counselor, an animal care volunteer at a zoo, and a natural history museum curator. She recently created a field guide to Pogonip Park that is being used by the park, Mobile Ranger, and by the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Kylie has traveled to Italy, England, Scotland, Mexico and throughout the US. She enjoys backpacking and recently hiked into Havasupai reservation in the Grand Canyon. Kylie is a scientific illustrator, learning to surf and plays the piano. Kylie’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Wren.
Juita Martinez | Naturalist
Juita Martinez grew up in Los Angeles, CA and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Zoology and Wildlife. She worked on a collaborative project with international students and professors to improve intercultural awareness and communication through teaching science in the US and Switzerland. As a high school biology instructor in Switzerland Juita led peer-facilitated classes and as a learning lab tutor she supported students in biology, zoology and botany. Juita conducted independent field research through FrogWatch USA to survey and identify frog calls and monitor the Red Legged frog. Additionally, Juita, participated in research projects to understand the ecological role of porcupines and create a website to gather data through citizen science. She has also worked with 5th grade students as a math tutor. Juita can trace her ethnic heritage to 3 continents. She speaks Indonesian and has traveled extensively including; Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Philippines. She has always been a nature and animal lover and enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping. She loves to catch reptiles “herping.” She also likes to sing. Juita’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Trillium.
Olivia Longstaff | Naturalist
Olivia Longstaff grew up in Napa CA and is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a BA in Social Science/Environmental Studies and Geography and minors in Sustainability, Managing for Sustainability and Anthropology. Olivia also studied Environmental Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland where she also traveled throughout Europe. As a 4H camp leader Olivia led 9-17 year olds hiking, in outdoor cooking and archery. As a preschool teacher Olivia developed lessons in a nature-based program where she taught farm animal care, gardening and singing. She has worked with 3-5 year olds at he campus Child Development lab and as a Recycling and Rubbish educator taught workshops in recycling and composting. Olivia has also organized and led students in creek cleanups. In coordination with the Institute for Sustainable Development Olivia established the Eco-Rep program on campus where she organized 150 students to divert waste from landfills during student move out. She was a leader for organizations including, Students for Environmental Action and a campaign for fossil fuels divestment at her university. Olivia is skilled in American Sign Language, plays guitar and has an extensive knowledge of camp songs. She enjoys baking, reading and loves all forms of dance. Olivia’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Newt.
Tyler Gholson | Naturalist
Tyler Gholson grew up in Philomath OR and is a graduate of Evergreen State College with a BS in Ecology. He has taken advantage of his college’s educational opportunities through field studies in the Olympic Peninsula, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Tyler environmental awareness was shaped hiking through the Trinity Alps as a young camper at camp Unalayee. Tyler worked at camp Unalayee as a counselor and backpacking leader where he took 10-17 year olds into the wilderness, with some trips lasting 12 days and logging 100 miles. He also worked with campers on rock climbing, music and soccer. He has worked as a soccer coach and with adults with disabilities. As a naturalist with Field Guides, Tyler worked with 3-5th grade students leading hiking and camping trips in a variety of environments including Malakoff Diggins in the Sierra foothills. Tyler has also done volunteer trail work in the Goat Rocks area of the Pacific Crest Trail. He enjoys traveling and worked at a yoga retreat in Mexico, participated in an exchange program in Germany and took a solo journey on Vancouver Island. He enjoys backpacking and taking adventures, writing songs and poems and playing guitar and banjo. Tyler’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Acer.
Tim Daly | Naturalist
Tim Daly was born in Santa Monica CA, grew up Southern CA and is a graduate of Willamette University with a degree in Environmental Science. As a member of the Zena Farm Club he spent a summer living and working on the off campus two-acre farm. Tim also studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence where he became fluent in French and cared for the school garden. He has traveled throughout Europe, Australia and Canada both on foot and on bike. At the Zena Sustainability Institute, Tim worked as a teaching assistant where he presented daily lessons, led field trips and tutored visiting students from Tokyo University. He has worked as a garden educator and farm worker on several farms, teaching sustainable faming practices and environmental awareness. In 8th grade, Tim visited Sequoia National Park and that gave him his first inspiration to immerse himself in nature. He enjoys, hiking, bicycling, swimming and rock climbing. Tim likes to backpack and recently explored Olympic National Park. He also likes to read and write poetry and short stories, cooking, gardening, acting and drawing. Tim’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Raptor.
Kiana Jenkins | Naturalist
Kiana Jenkins grew up in Ojai, CA and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Environmental Management and Protection and an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Barbara City College and has completed trainings in Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, Talk About Trees and Foundations in Interpretation. Kiana studied abroad in South Africa and London and has traveled throughout Ireland and most of the western US. She spent this summer working in Alaska. Kiana is fluent in American Sign Language and she is learning to play the guitar. While attending Humboldt State University she served as President of the Redwood Chapter of Environmental Educators and Interpreters where she organized community Environmental Education programs and events. Kiana enjoys backpacking and can start a fire using flint. She enjoys learning about weather and climate and loves all water sports including whitewater rafting and surfing. She also loves to dance. Kiana’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Cascade.
Jillian Buono | Naturalist
Jillian Buono grew up in the Hudson Valley in Warwick NY and is a graduate of State University of New York College of Environmental Studies and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Studies, focusing in Biology and a minor in Marine Sciences. She has studied wetland ecology, invertebrate zoology, mycology and dendrology. While taking a wildlands studies course in Big Sur CA, Jillian conducted a species census, surveyed intertidal communities and participated in a stream survey for NOAA. She holds a certificate for interpretation with the US National Parks, and has completed environmental education workshops including: Project Learning Tree, Project Wet and Project Wild. Jillian is SCUBA certified and loves to dive. She has worked with 2nd-5th grade classes in the Syracuse City School District through the “Nature in the City” program with Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Jillian also worked with 8th grade students as a summer science counselor, and with K-2nd grade students as a STEM elementary enrichment mentor. She enjoyed volunteering as a Science Educator at a Museum of Science and Technology and worked with students of all ages leading workshops. This summer she worked as an Outdoor Educator and led NYC students 11-18 years old on backpacking and canoe trips around the Berkshire Mountains. Jillian loves to travel and has been to several countries in Europe, Argentina,Thailand, and Australia. She also went on a student expedition to Antarctica where she studied the effects of climate change. Jillian’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Fern.
Eryc J Pierrelouis | Naturalist
Eryc J Pierrelouis grew up in Gaithersburg MD and is a graduate of Guilford College with a BA in Psychology and Environmental Studies. Eryc spent a semester abroad in Thailand studying sustainability, agroforestry, environmental policy, fisheries management and marine biology. During this time he backpacked and kayaked from village to village living off of the land, eating local foods and camping in the backcountry. Eryc also studied positive psychology in the Netherlands. As the co-president of the Outdoors Club he led camping, hiking, kayaking and skiing trips around North Carolina. As a summer camp counselor, Eryc has worked with elementary and middle school kids leading them in sports, group games, hiking, gardening and water front activities. He has worked as a farmhand manager where he supported employees with mental/physical differences to maintain the farm, plant, harvest and sell to the local community. Eryc has also worked as a tutor for K-12 English language learners. He speaks both French and Thai and likes to come up with crazy accents. Eryc enjoys travel, camping and kayaking. He is a runner and recently ran a ½ marathon. He likes music and was a radio DJ in college. Eryc’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Coyote.
Kyrstin Lulow | Naturalist
Kyrstin Lulow grew up in Altamont Springs, Florida and is a graduate of Duke University with a BS in Biology/Ecology and a minor in Environmental Science and Policy. Kyrstin studied abroad in South Africa where she did research on post burn ant community diversity and removal of invasive fish species. Kyrstin has also conducted research to explore the effect of invasive grass species on nutrient cycling of invaded forests. While working in Kruger National Park in South Africa she led youth education camps and led a project to calculate the municipal benefits of urban and suburban trees. Kyrstin has worked on a variety of projects from restoration projects with Friends of the Trees in Portland to a student campaign to create a pollinator friendly campus. She led projects for adults who have autism and Down’s syndrome and in an environmental education class taught 5th graders how water moves in plants. Kyrstin has worked with both high school students and incoming college freshman as a backpacking and crew leader and she designed a 13-week syllabus for a class where she led a team of 34 student teachers and instructed 60 students. Kyrstin holds a certificate with the National Association for Interpreters. She enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, Frisbee, photography and being a self-proclaimed science nerd. Kyrstin plays the guitar and ukulele as well as the piano and French horn. Kyrstin’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Honey Bee.
Danny Hulburt | Naturalist
Danny Hulburt was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Blacksburg Virginia and is a graduate of Guilford College with a BS in Biology and a minor in Integrated Sciences. He also studied psychology and neuroscience while attending Maastricht University in the Netherlands. At the age of 19, Danny learned to speak German while working in Switzerland as an au pair. He is also learning Dutch. Danny has participated in a Master Naturalist program and Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. As a Teen Adventure trip leader he worked with 15-17 year old campers, taking them on three week long backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing and service trips. As a counselor at Shiloh Quaker Camp Danny took 9-14 year olds on 3-4 day backpacking trips. He has also worked as a lifeguard and bicycle repairman. Danny enjoys mountain biking, backpacking and rock climbing. He likes downhill skiing, plays a lot of disc golf and was on his college ultimate Frisbee team. Danny plays the piano and was on Drumline in high school. He loves talking about music and was a radio DJ in college. Danny’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Shine.
Eric Grossman | Naturalist
Eric Grossman grew up in Rockford, IL and is a graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in English and Creative Writing. As a child, some of Eric’s first nature experiences occurred when he would walk to his friend’s house along a secret path that was overgrown with tall grass, wildflowers and poison ivy. During college, Eric was a member of the slam poetry club, wrote a chess program in a java coding class and wrote a one-man film about which Shakespeare character would survive on an island without essential resources. He was a founder of the honors read aloud club, member of the university honors program and Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient. After college, Eric made an adventurous attempt to ride his bike from Denver to Corvallis, Oregon but he only got as far as Idaho. Eric has also traveled and hiked through New Zealand, China and Tibet. He has worked with elementary and middle school students as a substitute teacher and as a story- teller at the Denver Library. As a summer camp counselor, Eric led first graders in a variety of memorable activities. He enjoys playing board games, reading novels, disc golf, soccer and basketball. Eric once played guitar in a band and wrote a song called Mr. Alligator. He likes to write offbeat guitar songs and sing improvised lyrics. Eric’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Edgewise.
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