After living in several different western states, I am thrilled to be making my home in California as STRAW’s Education Coordinator. Through my position, I have the opportunity to plan and implement STRAW’s educational goals and programs. I work closely with our incredible STRAW teachers, students, STRAW Faculty, partners, and STRAW team to connect students to place, empower students through hands-on restoration and environmental education, and equip the next generation with tools to face complex, environmental challenges.
I grew up among the saguaros and ocotillos of the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, AZ and migrated North to attend Regis University in Denver, CO. After college, I lived in Sitka, AK and Portland, OR as a Jesuit Volunteer. Through my time as a Jesuit Volunteer, I mobilized 2,500 students in stream restoration service learning endeavors through the Green Team program with SOLVE in Portland, OR. Knowing I had found incredible joy and hope in connecting students with their backyards through restoration and environmenal education, I set off to hone my skills as an educator and naturalist at the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program in the wilderness of Grand Teton National Park. I then completed my Master’s at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where I designed my thesis around the discovery of common themes and practices of water and wateshed education progams in the western United States. I had the incredible opportunity to learn about STRAW through my thesis work and could not be happier to now be a member of the team.
As an educator, I believe learning must always be fun, care for the whole student, and be empowering. I find service learning to be an engaging and effective way of putting students in touch with solutions, forming connections with communities, and making learning relevant and long-lasting.
I am based out of the Point Blue Headquarters in Petaluma and work with teachers, students, and partners throughout the North Bay. Outside of work hours, I can usually be found hiking and running on a nearby trail, cooking a family recipe, in a zumba class, or advenuring along a river or coast.
Email: Gina Graziano
707.781.2555 ext. 303