Yakuta Poonawalla

Yakuta Poonawalla works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, where she leads the San Francisco Park Stewardship Program, which focuses on mindfulness, inclusion, cultural relevance, and healing. She uses habitat restoration and storytelling to connect communities to the natural world. She hopes to inspire, educate, and cultivate deep love and respect for the environment -- and to ensure that nature and science are accessible to all.

Building My Community Through Nature


It’s Saturday afternoon at Lands End in San Francisco. We are tired from all the weeding, but we feel alive and satisfied. A red-tailed hawk hovers above us, as if to signal that it’s time to end the program. We … Read more