Wyoming Ecological Education Coordinator
Bella is an Ecological Education Coordinator based in Lander, Wyoming. She facilitates both the Sagebrush in Prisons Program at the Wyoming Honor Farm as well as IAE’s Native Seed Partnership. With the Honor Farm, Bella grows sagebrush with adults in custoy to support habitat restoration and provides science based educational opportunities for inmates. Her work with the Native Seed Partnership seeks to increase the availability of native plant materials for partners in Wyoming.
Bella’s love and connection to the natural world began where she grew up in southern California. Her family often took trips out of the concrete jungle into the backcountry to hike, camp, and play. She studied Wildlife Conservation and Management at Humboldt State University, knowing she wanted to go into a field that would allow her to make a positive impact on the flora and fauna around her. Her work background includes invasive species monitoring for California State Parks, caterpillar rearing at the Sequoia Zoo butterfly lab, growing herbs at Woven Hearts Tea farm, grassland and riparian monitoring for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), leading the Women’s Saw Crew for the Idaho Conservation Corps, and conducting the lotic AIM surveys for the BLM in Idaho.
She loves field work, wide open spaces, catching small fish, listening to birds, and when people send her photos of plants or animals to identify. In her free time Bella enjoys being outside in the beautiful place she calls home by way of backpacking, climbing, fishing, huckleberry picking, or simply sitting. If she must be inside, you will find her voraciously reading, cooking, on the pottery wheel, or drinking tea.