Sama holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Education and Communication and a Bachelors Degree in Filmmaking and Art from California State University Fullerton. Her Masters Thesis entitled “Investigating Syria’s Water Crisis” received the Outstanding Project/Thesis Award. The documentary film produced as part of this thesis not only brought to the forefront the environmental crisis facing Sama’s homeland but also set the stage for her humanitarian work.
Sama is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. She is responsible for overseeing the development and coordination of all outreach programs provided by the center. Sama developed the center’s Traveling Naturalist program and has grown the program in 5 years to serve over 10,000 students annually. Through her work, Sama encourages awareness and appreciation of the environment, broadens student’s knowledge of science concepts, and fosters commitment to the protection of the natural world.
Sama is also an artist and art instructor. She authored the book, “How to Draw Native Plants and Animals”, and has participated in art shows in venues all over the country (including the Bowers Museum and the Zeitgeist Multicultural Institute in New Orleans). Sama has illustrated children’s books, and has sold art internationally for over ten years. She also transfers her passion for art to the many students for which she provides lessons.
Since graduation, Sama has dedicated herself to providing environmental education and creating art as well as well as art instruction as her profession. She has dedicated herself to humanitarian work, helping the refugees of the Syrian revolution. Sama was recognized with Orange County Register’s OCMETRO 40 Under 40 Award in 2013.
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How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals by Sama Wareh highlights some of California’s diverse native species, and shows step by step instructions on how to draw them. Each page offers a fact about the species, and is formatted in a way that makes it easy to understand its ecological significance. This book is designed with the teacher and Field Naturalist in mind. With easy to photocopy pages, step by step instructions on how to make a field journal, and recipes for making tea, it is the perfect, travel friendly, easy-to-pack book.
Sama’s profession is providing environmental education. Her passion is helping others. When the Syrian uprising began in March 2011 Sama watched as the death toll and fleeing refugee totals rose. She began to fundraise in support of relief efforts for the displaced Syrian people. After becoming doubtful that the money raised was being directly provided to those in need, Sama decided that there was another way to help…