Kelly Villarruel

Director of Early Childhood Programs Kelly Villarruel grew up in Santa Barbara and has an intimate knowledge and love of our area. She has a degree in early childhood education and has worked in both preschool and home day care settings for more than 20 years. She also holds a degree in Environmental Horticulture with an emphasis on restoration and regeneration. With Wilderness Youth Project she is thrilled to find an environment to combine her passions for children, nature, and awareness skills. She currently is our lead mentor for our Woolly Bears Early Childhood program. She is the mother of 3 and proud grandmother of a healthy boy.