Kyle Byrd-Fisher

Lead Program Staff Kyle was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Barbara. His curiosity and love for learning led him north to WA to attend Whitman College; his love for science, systems, and small things led him to major in Chemistry. While in the lab, he longed for the land, and returned home to the Santa Barbara wild to volunteer with the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, Growing Solutions, and Wilderness Youth Project. In WYP, he found a deeply connected community passionate about mentoring and spent four years working for WYP, growing alongside the children he mentored. In 2015, he moved north to the Sacramento area to farm, travel, and eventually return to the chemistry lab in 2017 to work as an analyst in a UPLC instrument room monitoring environmental samples for PFAS. After a couple years, Kyle heard the call to return over the vacuum pumps, and came home to WYP and Santa Barbara to reimmerse in the world of nature-based mentoring. He loves growing plants, exploring wild places, learning skills, making music, tending fires, and pondering mysteries large and small.