Gerard Gonzales, Vice-chair
Environmental Educator and Dad
Gerard grew up attending and then working at summer camps throughout Southern California. He discovered residential outdoor education after studying philosophy in college. He developed a passion for exploring nature with children that took him across the country. The years of having bus loads of youth coming to beautiful places Gerard called home, having intense experiences, and leaving again; created a yearning in him to have a deeper, longer term impact within a community.
This yearning led Gerard to Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA where he developed and led environmental and outdoor programs for youth and families. He also became involved at the local, state and national levels of the environmental education movement. His interests include early childhood outdoor play, increasing access to nature for stressed communities, and spiritual connections to the environment. He loves exploring and playing in nature with his wife and two young children.