Restoration and Education Technician
Through Point Blue’s partnership with the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program, I work as Restoration and Education Technician with the STRAW Program (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed).
I aim to use my past experiences and teachings from my other mentors – Dr. Anna Lees, Dr. Dolores Calderon, and Dr. Verónica Véléz – to support community-led habitat restoration projects in the Bay Area through the lenses of critical race theory and land education. Since joining the STRAW team in July 2020, I have helped to coordinate the planting of native California plant species along creeks and wetland areas on Potrero Nuevo Farm in Half Moon Bay (unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples) and Fisher’s Creek in the Coyote Valley area (unceded ancestral homeland of the Tamien Ohlone people).
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA (Ramaytush Ohlone land) my passion for environmental science began as I grew up in urban open spaces like Golden Gate Park and Fort Funston State Park. Seeing the variety of ways that people of different religions, ethnicities, and cultures drew joy from the natural world around them prompted me to graduate from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geographic Information Science.
I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Marco Hatch and his Coastal Communities and Ecology Lab where I first began to learn about Indigenous ways of knowing, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and the importance of land-based, community-centered environmental research. My time with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington introduced me to some of my most amazing friends and mentors that expanded my thinking around environmental justice and the connection between identity and access to recreation and resources.
I honor my ancestors, parents, tías, mentors and friends that have helped me get to where I am today. When not working, I love to spend one on one time with loved ones, reading, hiking, eating, experimentally cooking, and exploring new places.
Email: Celida Moran