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Kirstyn Kay

Position: Resource Educator
Email Address: kay@rcrcd.org

Contact me for outreach events and educational presentations!

Kirstyn joined our RCRCD team in December of 2017 as our new resource educator. She develops and teaches our water and recycling programs for schools, organizes and attends community outreach events, assists with our conservation project mini-grant program and supports field trips and any other educational programs at our centers. 

Kirstyn comes to us with a lifelong passion of sharing her love of nature with everyone she meets. She grew up locally here in Riverside, and has a deep understanding of the value of education from growing up in a family of educators (grandparents and parents were/are all teachers).  Introduced to the wonders of wildlife as a little girl, Kirstyn helped her mother - a naturalist at the time, raise orphaned wild animals to release back into the wild. This bond to animals at an early age, created an everlasting impact on Kirstyn that she continues to want to help share with others.  

Kirstyn has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a special interest in biomimicry and sustainable design.  She had the opportunity to study in Belize, help save sea turtles on an EarthWatch project in Barbados, and travel to many other amazing places around the world. While she started a path of environmental law, Kirstyn soon realized her true calling was teaching environmental education. 

She was very fortunate to work and live abroad for over 6 years in the Cayman Islands while working for the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Program at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. She taught groups of all ages how to be better stewards of the earth while taking guests on eco-adventures around the island. Whether it was kayaking through mangroves, snorkeling over coral reefs, or hiking with the endangered Blue Iguana, Kirstyn relished the opportunity to share the wonders of nature and to educate people from around the world, how we are all connected and that we must help protect the natural resources that sustain us. After moving back home to Riverside, Kirstyn is excited to be a part of such a great team of people at the RCRCD and looks forward to continuing to educate people about how to help create a more sustainable future.