Lydia Rios

Program staff Lydia is a Santa Barbara native and likes to go by "Duck" and/or "Swan" because she was given this nickname by her big brother Ulises (who is a long time WYP staff member).  She began her connection with nature when she was in WYP as a kid. Being surrounded by nature brought her a lot of happiness as a young person and time spent with WYP was some of the best time of her childhood. She stays anchored to nature at home by collecting indoor and outdoor plants; as of fall 2021, she has 30 plant babies and counting. She graduated from SBCC in 2019 and Cal State Channel Islands in 2021. She spends her free time walking her dog, kayaking, studying indigenous cultures of Latin America, and spending time with friends and family.