Rachael Pecore-Valdez leads our classes and camps program and works with instructors to design, schedule and implement hands-on, curiosity-driven learning for kids. Growing up in Oregon, family trips were always spent salmon fishing, which eventually led Rachael around the world to study marine biology, water quality and fisheries with a B.S. in BioResource Research and a B.A. in International Studies from O.S.U. Research on manatees, dolphins and salmon included the impacts of humans on the ecosystems these animals depend upon and a passion for education was born. Returning to school for an M.S. in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, Rachael went on to coordinate Columbia Riverekeeper’s water quality monitoring program, SOLVE’s Oregon Beach Cleanups and the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, where in 2014 by foot and bicycle she retraced the dispersal route of a GPS- collared wolf from NE Oregon into California for a documentary film. She also taught wilderness survival for 4 summers with Trackers Earth and Children of the Earth Foundation. While her interests are broad, her core passion lies in supporting both instructors and kids to connect with their own curiosity and the adventures that follow a question. On weekends, you'll find Rachael beekeeping, writing a blog for Reading Nature or tracking wildlife by river beaches.