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.
“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.
“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!
“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 when it comes to teaching them about the environment. She is passionate about keeping our planet healthy and believes that this begins with awareness and education. Born and raised in San Diego, Valerie has a love for the ocean and all of the creatures in it. She recently received a B.S. Degree in Conservation Resource Studies with an Oceanography focus from UC Berkeley. As a student, Valerie interned with KIDS for the BAY in our Programs for Schools and spent a summer as an Assistant Camp Leader. Valerie has also worked with the Surfrider Foundation, International Marine Mammal Project, and Lawrence Hall of Science.
“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 very excited to join the KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp and put her passion into action. 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.
“Helping kids create a connection with the environment is amazing. The excitement of young campers when they discover something new about nature is remarkable. I will love working with KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp because every day I will get to help kids discover and appreciate the world around them.”
Jackie enjoys teaching children about their local environment and helping them feel empowered to protect the environment. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with young students. For the past three years she has been teaching at an after-school prevention program for elementary school students. Jackie earned a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In her free time Jackie enjoys fishing, reading, and hiking.