Kristin Van Der Kar

Lead Program Staff Kristin has been nourished by nature ever since she was a young child. Growing up on a farm in Carpinteria gave her the opportunity to form connection to place by climbing avocado trees and tending goats. She pursued her love for the environment and her passion for working with children at UCSB where she majored in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Education. Kristin also studied in Thailand and Malaysia where she spent her days snorkeling through the coral reefs to collect data on the effects of a warming ocean and ocean acidification. Kristin is excited to be working with Wilderness Youth Project where she feels her gifts can encourage children to connect with the natural world. She believes that deep connection with the natural world fosters humans that are stewards of the earth. When she is not working with children you will find her swimming, hiking, surfing, crafting, painting, gardening or camping in our local mountains.