Olivia VanDamme

Έγινε μέλος στις: Νοε 15, 2019 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Απρ 23, 2024 iNaturalist

I work as a Community Science Coordinator in the Center for Biodiversity and Community Science at the California Academy of Sciences. Previously at the Academy, I helped work on an international community science program and curriculum called Science Action Club. I helped build confidence in STEM teaching for out-of-school time educators and provided affordable and accessible STEM resources to youth programs. I am an experienced environmental educator, facilitator, and collaborator. Driven by a dedication to helping others build reciprocity with nature, I take pride in providing the best educational nature experience possible. I have been recognized by Justice Outside for my extraordinary leadership and commitment to equity in the outdoors, as an alumna of their Rising Leaders Fellowship program. I have presented at the This Way to Sustainability, Institute for Women Surfers, Green 2.0, Half-Earth Day, and PGM ONE conferences. I graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Geography and Latin American Studies and was awarded Geography Student of the Year at CSU Chico in 2015. I have volunteered with Brown Girl Surf since 2016, supporting their surf days, fundraising and advocacy. I served as the Program Director for City Surf Project in San Francisco for 3 years, providing surf lessons to high school students for PE credit and helping scale their non-profit operations. I have also worked on several coastal access and environmental justice initiatives at government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission and California State Coastal Conservancy. I currently serve as an Advisory Board Member for the Explore the Coast grant program through the California State Coastal Conservancy. I enjoy tide-pooling, reading, surfing, climbing, and backpacking with friends and family along the West Coast of the US and in Latin America.

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