Meet Our Camp Staff
Our Camp Leaders are year-round KIDS for the BAY staff members who teach our school-based programs in local elementary schools, lead nature-based field trips and train classroom teachers during the school year. Additional Camp Leaders also join us each summer. KIDS for the BAY’s Camp Leaders are all college graduates and have multiple years of experience teaching environmental education in various settings. We also hire several Summer Camp Assistant Leaders each summer. Please click here for current positions open.
The summer months provide the opportunity for KIDS for the BAY staff to do what they love the most — be in the outdoors with campers! Please read below to learn about each of our amazing Camp Staff members and to find out why they love what they do.
LAUREL SEBASTIAN (2020 camp staff)
Lead Program Manager
Summer Camp Leader
“Scientific studies always begin with a curious drive to answer questions about the world around us. KIDS for the BAY camps provide the perfect opportunity to ask, explore and answer countless questions about our diverse environment. I’m excited to guide campers through this process and help develop wonder and an insatiable quest for knowledge in each camper.”
Laurel is excited to share her passion for environmental stewardship with the KIDS for the BAY community, to lead our program staff team and to deliver the Watershed Action Program to our partner schools. Before joining KIDS for the BAY as a Summer Camp Leader in summer 2019, Laurel taught environmental education and conducted field research with Mountain Studies Institute for two years in Colorado. Her favorite project was establishing a citizen science program in the National Forest to monitor stream and forest health with local school students. Laurel grew up exploring Bay Area ecosystems with her family and from an early age she led environmental action groups in school. Laurel has researched plants in Mount Rainer and Yosemite National Parks, and loves identifying plants and animals in her free time. Laurel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College. Laurel speaks conversational Spanish and has traveled in Central and South America.
SIENNA KUYKENDALL (2020 camp staff)
Summer Camp Leader
“I’m excited to explore all the beautiful and special creek, bay and ocean sites with our campers! The opportunity to teach environmental science education outside in nature, makes it especially engaging and fun!”
Sienna is passionate about hands-on experiential education that supports young people in making healthy connections to their environment and their community. She is excited to manage and teach an array of KIDS for the BAY programs, including Storm Drain Rangers, Watershed Rangers, Blue Watershed Classrooms, and Field Trips. Sienna has a B.A. Degree in Sociology with a concentration in the Sociology of Education from Pomona College and a certificate in Horticultural Therapy from Colorado State University. Most recently, Sienna led interdisciplinary garden and nutrition education programs with the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, that promoted academic integration, environmental stewardship, food access and wellness for students and families. Previously, Sienna served as a City Year Americorps member providing English Language Arts, Math, and Science interventions in New Orleans public schools. Sienna also enjoys teaching yoga for youth and adults. Sienna speaks conversational Spanish.
JIM CARTAN (2020 camp staff)
Summer Camp Leader
“Summer Camp is a special time for all children and the personal growth it provides is invaluable. KIDS for the BAY’s Summer Camp encourages future generations of environmental stewards to have inquisitive minds and to connect with the natural world. I am excited to help KIDS for the BAY campers strengthen their relationships with science, local ecosystems, and their peers, all through fun, engaging hands-on experiences.”
Jim joined the KIDS for the BAY team as a Program Manager after ten years of working in the environmental field. He is excited to manage our Classroom Workshops, Schoolwide Science, and Summer Camp Programs. Jim is a dedicated environmental steward and has an academic and applied foundation in Bay Area ecology, including a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. After exploring the opportunity to teach students environmental education with the East Bay non-profit Save Mount Diablo, Jim moved on to a teaching position with Bay Farm Elementary School in Alameda. Jim is now making environmental education the focal point of his career and he is passionate about inspiring future generations of scientists, land use advocates, and practitioners of sustainability. When he is not at work, Jim can be found in East Oakland, gardening, walking his dog, or reading a book, or in San Francisco volunteering for Alemany Farm.
JAMIE BALL (2020 camp staff)
Summer Camp Leader
“I believe inspiring and teaching campers about the environment is key for future environmental conservation worldwide. It is so important to encourage our campers to be curious and explore their surroundings, because the learning possibilities are endless! Many environmental leaders have inspired me, and now I can’t wait to be an environmental leader for KIDS for the BAY campers!”
Jamie is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and inspire campers about environmental stewardship with KIDS for the BAY this summer! She grew up in both the Canadian Rockies and the San Francisco Bay Area, which has allowed her to explore different environments and engage in natural sciences from a young age. Jamie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Geography as well as a certification in Permaculture Design from the University of Victoria, Canada. She loves working with children and teaching them about the great outdoors. Jamie has been very fortunate to spend time abroad in Paraguay and Nicaragua teaching school students about environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture. In her spare time, Jamie loves to backpack, ski, run, paint, and explore tide pools!