Jessie is the Program Coordinator for IAE’s Ecological Education programs. Through grant opportunities and community partnerships, she connects with K-12 students in the Willamette Valley offering experiential education curriculum and hands-on native habitat restoration opportunities. Jessie also helps coordinate IAE’s Sagebrush in Prisons Project (part of the greater Sustainability in Prisons Project) working with incarcerated peoples throughout six states in the Great Basin region to grow sagebrush for sage-grouse habitat recovery. For more information, visit the SPP page.
Jessie also teaches aquatic ecosystem education to Corvallis 4th and 5th grade students through a grant partnership with Oregon State University, Audubon Society of Corvallis, and the National Science Foundation.
Jessie was born and raised in the Ozarks in Missouri. She received her B.S. in Communications from Missouri State University and moved to Oregon in 2009. She is currently working towards a degree in Natural Resources at Oregon State University.
When she’s not at IAE or studying for school, Jessie is usually somewhere in the great outdoors taking beautiful photos, exploring wildflower trails, climbing on rock walls, floating the river, or enjoying time at home.