First Person: Youth Engagement Award Winner Javier Ochoa Reyes

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Javier Ochoa Reyes has won Bay Nature’s Local Hero Youth Engagement award for his work at Groundwork Richmond, where he teaches high school-age youth about the importance of trees in urban environments, and works with the students to create more green spaces in Richmond.

Javier Ochoa Reyes, Groundwork Richmond

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Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the Bay Area warrants special recognition and appreciation. This year’s Local Hero for Youth Engagement is Javier Ochoa Reyes, project coordinator of … Read more

Julia Clothier, Point Reyes National Seashore Association

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Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the Bay Area warrants special recognition and appreciation. This year’s Local Hero for Environmental Education is Julia Clothier, Education Director of the … Read more

Ralph Benson, Sonoma Land Trust

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Every year, Bay Nature Institute selects three people whose extraordinary work on behalf of conservation and environmental education in the Bay Area warrants special recognition and appreciation. This year’s Local Hero for Conservation Action is Ralph Benson, longtime Executive Director … Read more

First Person: Environmental Education Award Winner Liam O’Brien

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The architect of urban butterfly habitat projects like Tigers on Market Street and the Green Hairstreak Corridor, and the restoration of Mission blues on Twin Peaks, Liam O’Brien is a man on a mission to prove that habitats for humans and habitats for butterflies aren’t mutually exclusive.