The Environmental Nature Center has recently expanded our team. Valerie Bain is our new full-time Traveling Naturalist and Fiorella Gardella is our new Naturalist! Both are passionate about nature and education. Valerie and Fiorella are the perfect contribution to our team!
Valerie started working for the ENC as a Summer Camp teacher in 2009 and we are so excited to have her working full-time as our new Traveling Naturalist. Don’t worry – she’ll still be a Nature Camp Teacher! Valerie will be traveling to schools across Orange County teaching children of all ages, from Pre-K to High School. She will engage students in hands-on games and activities that make learning about science and nature fun. Valerie has been teaching children for over 15 years and loves every second of it. She has degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Psychology and a Master’s in School Social Work, specializing in students with Special Needs. Valerie taught preschool at the Long Beach City College Child Development Center for four years & has been immersed in the field of Environmental Education ever since. Read more about Valerie HERE.
As a Naturalist and Camp Teacher, Fiorella is responsible for teaching outdoor environmental and social science education to children. Her goals are to strengthen students’ awareness and appreciation for the environment, as well as enhance their knowledge of science concepts. She will also be teaching children the importance of protecting the natural environment. Fiorella has more than 9 years of experience as an educator and researcher and is knowledgeable in sustainability and environmental issues. She gained her experience as a middle school science teacher in Florida and has also taught environmental education summer programs in Peru and California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine and her Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Miami University. Read more about Fiorella, HERE. – Shelly Crebbs, ENC Communications Intern