Meet Our Camp Staff
KIDS for the BAY’s year-round teaching staff LOVES Summer Camp!
Our Camp Leaders are year-round KIDS for the BAY staff members who teach our programs in local elementary schools, lead nature-based field trips and train classroom teachers during the school year. KIDS for the BAY’s Camp Leaders have at least an undergraduate college degree; some have post graduate degrees. All have dedicated their careers to environmental education. We also hire a few Summer Camp Leaders and 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.
“I am working in the field of environmental education because I believe conservation begins with awareness. In KIDS for the BAY’s Summer Camp, children experience the natural world directly and learn about the problems it is facing; this is the first step toward inspiring them to take care of it.”
Aislinn loves teaching children and cares deeply about conservation issues. She is always excited to combine these passions in her work with KIDS for the BAY. Aislinn worked at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco as a Naturalist before joining KIDS for the BAY. She also worked at Camp Orinda for ten summers, where she started as a Camp Counselor and progressed to working as the Assistant Director. Aislinn has worked with children with special needs and made presentations to children in a variety of settings. She has a B.A. Degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
“I love spending time in the outdoors with children. I see the natural world as a place where we can all relax and come alive while we learn to care more about this amazing place we live in – the Bay Area! KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp provides special opportunities to connect with nature and take action to help care for our local environment.”
Joanna was born and raised in San Francisco, and is passionate about sharing her love for the Bay Area environment. She cares about guiding people to cultivate a sense of connection and responsibility to the world around them in order to ensure a thriving social ecosystem. Joanna graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She earned a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Joanna has played, learned and taught at several outdoor science schools and outreach science nonprofit organizations in California and Idaho including Camp Arroyo, Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Foothill Horizons Outdoor School and the McCall Outdoor Science School.
“I appreciate that children think about nature in creative and wondrous ways and I enjoy sharing my love of nature with children. The excitement and joy children bring to nature keeps me excited about teaching in our KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp!”
Andrew cares deeply about planet Earth and loves to empower children to become our future environmental leaders. When working with children, Andrew shares his love of science and the natural world with enthusiasm and wonder. Before working at KIDS for the BAY, Andrew worked at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Zenger Farms in Oregon and in the Oakland Unified School District. Andrew received a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College and sees the environment through geologic glasses. Andrew enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking.
“Teaching about our environment gives me the opportunity to help children build their identities with a strong connection to nature. I love being a part of KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp because I get to inspire children to become environmentalists and see them realize they can truly make a difference.”
Cayla loves working with children and getting them excited about leading their communities and families towards an environmentally conscious future. Cayla uses children’s interests as a guide to create a fun learning environment. She has a B.S. Degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Cayla has worked as a Camp Counselor at the Museum of Science and Technology, as a mentor at the smART afterschool program, and as an intern at the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. She especially loves studying and harvesting wild edible and medicinal plants!
“There is nothing like seeing a child have their first “Aha!” moment in nature. Whether it’s the first time they use a magnifying lens to see the world up close or the first time they touch a banana slug, these experiences are invaluable. I love KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp because it encourages curiosity and cultivates a love for science in a fun setting.”
Alison is excited to share KIDS for the BAY’s important work inspiring young Environmentalists in the Bay Area community, through her development and communications efforts. Alison is very committed to the field of environmental education and prior to working for KIDS for the BAY, she led environmental education programming at the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Alison graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York with a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies before moving to the East Bay.