Julian de Rubira

Lead Program Staff

whyvnaq@jlc.bet Julian grew up in suburban southern Orange County, inspired by his father’s love for the ocean and surfing. He found Track and Field in high school taking him to UCSB where he majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Architectural History. A post-college move to the high altitudes of Flagstaff, Arizona allowed Julian to pursue his Olympic dreams for a few years. Seeking more richness, Julian returned to Orange County to continue his search for community, deeper nature connection, and earth skills. He sought out Earthroots Field School, and began as a volunteer and eventually led a full year of forest kindergarten, assisted with homeschool field classes, and worked with an eco-literacy program at a Waldorf charter school. Recent adventures include traveling in a van through Mexico, reconnecting with his relatives and ancestry in Ecuador, and surfing the Galapagos Islands. Julian comes to Wilderness Youth Project with a strong passion to facilitate reconnection to the culture of one’s ancestry; be it through craft, language, food, plant knowledge, etc. He is thrilled to be working with the Bridge to Nature programs and building confidence and curiosity with kids within our community.