Theresa Crain, Office Administrator

theresa crainTheresa’s love for the outdoors began during her childhood years exploring her family’s rural property in California. She holds a degree in Natural Resource Interpretation from Humboldt State University and has over 20 years of experience in environmental education as a State Parks interpreter and naturalist. She has taught in both formal classroom settings and outdoors and is passionate about sharing the magic and wonder in nature to excite and educate others. She lives in McMinnville, Oregon where she is working with the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council to build EE programs for the citizens of the Yamhill and Chehalem watersheds. Theresa’s educational background, life experiences and passion to share her love of the outdoors have prepared her to be an incredible environmental educator.

In her spare time Theresa enjoys gardening, wildlife watching, spending time with family and friends, and learning more about the natural world around her.

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Karin Onkka, Conference Coordinator

Karin Onkka croppedWhile pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism at California State University Long Beach, Karin developed a profound love of nature after selecting a Wilderness Studies emphasis. The curriculum required that she and a close-knit circle of fellow students regularly flee the concrete jungle to backpack, rock climb, kayak, canoe, cross-country ski, or snow camp in the Sierras. Longing to develop a deep sense of place and experience wilderness in her own back yard, she arrived in Ashland nearly 20 years ago to earn a master’s degree in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University.

With degree in hand, she dedicated many years to helping develop an exemplary environmental education program at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland. After initiating a beloved pre-school puppet theater program, she became known as “the puppet lady” to many of Ashland’s youngest residents. Other rewarding environmental education moments came while spending long summer days with wide-eyed campers or observing the process by which 6th-grade girls usurp the role of structural engineers from their male counterparts while erecting a group survival shelter.

As much as Karin anticipated that her new career would be spent in the outdoors with young people, an astute professor noted that she could do well combining her degrees in journalism and environmental education. An interpretive design business was born, resulting in the creation of exhibits, interpretive materials, and wayside signs for many Southern Oregon and, more recently, Central Oregon locales. When time allows, solo or partnered adventures like backpacking the Baja peninsula, cycling the Pacific Coast, tracking turtles in Greece, exploring the mountain towns of Guatemala, or yoga/ocean swimming retreats on Hawaii’s big island serve as a reminder of the incredible healing power of nature.

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Traci Price, Diversity Initiative Contractor

tracipriceBorn and raised in New Jersey, Traci Price left suburban life behind to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and to play NCAA lacrosse in Burlington, Vermont. Beckoned by the Rockies, she moved west to Colorado to immerse herself in outdoor recreation as a white-water rafting guide. Intrigued by the relationship between sport and psychology, Traci returned east to obtain her master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. Since then, she has worked on policy, strategic planning and coalition building to ensure that all people have the opportunity to experience, understand and steward our natural world. She joined EEAO’s board in 2007, spearheaded the No Oregon Child Left Inside Act in 2008 and oversaw the development of the The Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan: Toward a Sustainable Future in 2010. She worked on implementing the plan with partners across Oregon and beyond for a number of years to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in regular outdoor activity, examine complex community issues from multiple perspectives, and be prepared to address the challenges our future holds. She stepped down from EEAO’s board in 2014 is currently working as a consultant with focus on individual, social and environmental change for EEAO, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Learn more about this project.

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