Laura is the District's Education & Outreach Coordinator and comes to us with 7+ years of experience as an environmental educator. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington with a Masters Certificate in Education, Environment and Community from IslandWood Graduate residency program and a BS in Social Sciences from Portland State University.
What do you like about living in the Pacific Northwest?
Ooh... I love everything about it! I came here when I was 19 for an AmeriCorps internship doing environmental restoration and trail work in Washington/Oregon and never really left (well, except for a few summer stints in majestic Alaska & a winter in Costa Rica). But to answer your question, what I love most are the mountains, misty skies, wild rivers, rocky beaches, and endless hiking trails!
Why do you work here (at the District)?
I was always that kid that could be found playing outside - catching frogs, making forts, and tromping in creeks looking for cool bugs... that love of nature never left me! I am also fascinated by the social sciences, especially how people interact with their local environment and community. If I took both passions, the social sciences and the outdoors and smooshed them together into an ideal job- It wouldn't get much better than the Conservation District! I love working with youth, local businesses, and brainstorming new ways of engaging people, especially if it builds community in the process!
- I am very good at limbo.