Meet Our Camp Staff

KIDS for the BAY’s environmental education staff LOVES leading our Summer Camp!

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.

MARIANNE KEITH (2019 camp staff)
Program Staff Team Lead and Program Manager
Summer Camp Leader

“There is nothing more exciting than being a part of a child’s experience in nature. They are like Sea Sponges- soaking up every sight, sound, touch, and eager to learn the science behind it all. KIDS for the BAY provides children with a special opportunity to explore and learn about the world around them.”

Marianne is passionate about environmental education and exploration. She is excited to lead the KIDS for the BAY program staff team and to manage and teach our Watershed Action Program. Marianne previously worked for NatureBridge at the Golden Gate Campus. She was born and raised in New Hampshire and received her B.S. Degree in Environmental Anthropology from Keene State College. After graduating, Marianne spent a year in France working with children and studying the French language. She returned to the U.S. to work for “e” inc., an environmental education center in Boston. Marianne has also lived and worked in Arizona as a Camp Educator for the Arboretum of Flagstaff and as a Crew Leader for American Conservation Experience.


VALERIE LOWE (2019 camp staff)
Program Manager
Summer Camp Leader

“Educating students about our environment helps remind me why I love science and science education. Watching a child realize their connection to the world around them is so rewarding and inspires me to keep learning more.”

Valerie has always enjoyed working with children, especially teaching them about the environment. She is passionate about keeping our planet healthy and believes that this begins with awareness and education. Valerie is excited to be the KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp Manager and to manage and teach our Programs for Schools. Born and raised in San Diego, Valerie has a love for the ocean and all of the creatures in it. She received her B.S. Degree in Conservation Resource Studies with an Oceanography focus from University of California, Berkeley. As a student, Valerie interned with KIDS for the BAY in our Programs for Schools and spent two summers working as a Camp Leader in our Summer Camp. Valerie has also worked with the Surfrider Foundation, International Marine Mammal Project, and Lawrence Hall of Science.


CYNTHIA DELEON (2019 camp staff)
Program Manager
Summer Camp Leader

“What inspires me the most about Summer Camp is having the opportunity to share with children how we are part of the natural environment, how we depend on it and how we can take care of it. I love to share my own passion for science field studies with our campers and I love encouraging them to develop their curiosity and creativity, think critically and apply what they learn!”

Cynthia loves teaching children and encouraging them to think critically about science and the environment. At KIDS for the BAY she manages our Storm Drain Rangers, Watershed Rangers and Field Trip programs and teaches our Programs for Schools and our Summer Camp. Cynthia has previously taught environmental education in school gardens and in woodland habitats. She has also worked for a water district to complete scientific watershed surveys. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from University of California, Riverside and is currently completing her Master’s Degree Thesis in Regenerative Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Cynthia is bilingual in Spanish and English.


AMINA KRIBECHE (2019 camp staff)
Environmental Educator
Summer Camp Leader

“Summer camp is a special experience for any child and I am excited to help our campers develop a passion for nature and investigation. Our estuary is a unique and valuable ecosystem! I feel very lucky to be able to help young scientists explore and look below the surface of the world we see in our everyday lives.”

Amina loves teaching our young KIDS for the BAY scientists and environmentalists about ecology and environmental action in our Programs for Schools and in our Summer Camp. Originally from Colorado, Amina moved to the Bay Area to study at Mills College, Oakland. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During college, she worked with a team studying endangered wild flowers on the Tiburon Peninsula and collected data to be used in a species recovery plan. Amina has experience helping children learn about the scientific method from Camp EDMO, San Francisco. She has also spent time studying abroad and learning about conservation efforts in Argentina and Ecuador. Amina is bilingual in Spanish and English and also speaks Mandarin.


LAUREL SEBASTIAN (2019 camp staff)
Environmental Educator
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 has taught environmental education and conducted field research with Mountain Studies Institute for the past 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. She looks forward to sharing her passion for environmental stewardship with KIDS for the BAY campers. 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.


JAMIE BALL (2019 camp staff)
Environmental Educator
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!


ZACHARY CRVARICH (2019 camp staff)
Environmental Educator
Camp Assistant Leader

“I am so excited for the opportunity to teach about the beauty of natural ecosystems, as well as why we should all help to protect our natural resources. The KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp is a wonderful resource for teaching children about environmental issues, while simultaneously having fun!”

Zach was born and raised in the Bay Area, and is currently an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, studying environmental science and law. He is passionate about environmentalism and teaching people about the beauty of the natural world. Zach really enjoys working with children and he led Summer Camps and birthday parties at Bladium Sport and Fitness Club in Alameda last summer. Zach enjoys hiking, trail running, and learning about the world.


GABRIELLA REBATA (2019 camp staff)
Environmental Educator
Camp Assistant Leader

“I can’t wait to share my passion for the environment with our campers, in a place that is so close to my heart. The San Francisco Bay is one of my favorite places in the world and I feel so lucky to be joining a team that shares my love of this area and its natural ecosystems.”

Gabriella cannot wait to join the KIDS for the BAY team this summer! She is passionate about environmental conservation and restoration and excited to teach future generations of environmentalists the importance of caring for our environment. Gabriella has a passion for the outdoors and believes that everyone should have access to a healthy environment, specifically clean air and water. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies at Boise State University. Gabriella looks forward to sharing what she’s learned through her studies with our campers. She plans to move back to the Bay Area after graduation, to help with the conservation of the surrounding marine ecosystems.