Olivia VanDamme

Joined: Nov 15, 2019 Last Active: May 30, 2024 iNaturalist

I work as a Community Science Coordinator in the Center for Biodiversity and Community Science at the California Academy of Sciences. I help coordinate the annual City Nature Challenge! Previously at the Academy, I helped work on an international community science program and curriculum called Science Action Club. I helped build confidence in STEM teaching for out-of-school time educators and provided affordable and accessible STEM resources to youth programs. I am an experienced environmental educator, facilitator, and collaborator. I graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Geography and Latin American Studies. I have also worked on several coastal access and environmental justice initiatives at government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission and California State Coastal Conservancy. I currently serve as an Advisory Board Member for the Explore the Coast grant program through the California State Coastal Conservancy. I enjoy tide-pooling, photography, reading, surfing, climbing, and backpacking with friends and family along the West Coast of the US and in Latin America.

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