Sheena (she/her/hers) comes from the San Francisco Bay Area where she attended San Francisco State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks. Throughout her time in college, she worked and volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences, cultivating her love for the natural world and the joys of discovery in the hallways and archives of the museum. Since graduating from the Outdoor Educators Institute in 2016, she has combined her passion for knowledge and working with youth in various informal education settings with organizations such as the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Teton Science Schools, IslandWood, and has come full circle returning to Youth Outside as the Outdoor Educators Institute’s Program Coordinator. Not having had the privilege of recreating in the outdoors when she was young, Sheena strives to break down barriers and create gateway experiences for those who traditionally have not had access to safe outdoor spaces and places. She works to hold a culture of inclusivity built on intentionality and mindful communication.
Sheena enjoys live music, eating a good meal, wildflower hikes, meeting new minds, and making new friends. Sheena is also passionate about living more sustainably, especially without single-use plastics, and documents this journey of learning @trash.talkr on Instagram.