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Education is a critical part of the solution to the world’s current environmental problems. All solutions begin locally with an appreciation for and love of one’s home. The RCD is invested in making sure as many students as possible are given the opportunity to experience first-hand the natural world that is part of their home. To do this, we rely on a group of highly trained, dedicated educators to lead student groups in their exploration of nature. These educators are the heart and soul of our education department.

In this edition of our summer newsletter we are featuring one of our awesome, long serving educators, Linda Doebel. Linda has been an environmental educator with the RCD for 13 years. Read our interview with Linda below and get to know one of our incredibly talented and inspiring educators a little better.  

RCD: What inspired you to lead outdoor environmental education programs?

Linda: Growing up, nature always had a special spot in my heart. As I learned more about it, I wanted to share my knowledge and passion with others. Because children can be more impressionable, I hoped that in showing them this beautiful world, they would see the power nature has to heal, inspire and excite. Naturally, the desire to respect and protect will follow.

RCD: What is your favorite aspect of leading these programs?

Linda: The look of surprise and amazement that the kids show when they really connect with nature—maybe for the first time ever!  Seeing deer, a red-tailed hawk or a plankton under a microscope could change the attitude and actions of one person for a lifetime.

RCD: What did you do before becoming an educator with the RCD?

Linda: Prior to having my second child, I provided speech and language therapy to LAUSD students. This position spanned 15 years and was filled with many moments that I cherish to this day.

RCD: What is your favorite thing to teach students about?  Why?

Linda: Rather than any particular topic, it is about the overarching message that we are all connected and part of one ecosystem. 

RCD: What is your favorite memory as an educator?

Linda: The times when children showed and maybe even articulated how inspired they had become—to hear things like: ”this was the best field trip I’ve ever been on” and “I want to be a naturalist now“ is really touching.  

RCD: How do you like to spend your free time when not leading education programs?

Linda: I always want to get outside and move!  Hiking, biking, skiing, birding or just walking along the seashore fill me with energy and tranquility.  When I get the opportunity to do this with others, be that family, friends or students, all the better.

RCD: Tell us a fun fact about yourself or anything else you feel like sharing!

Linda: My children are fourth generation Angelinos and have visited some of the sites that I now work at.

RCD: What should teachers and parents know about you as an educator?

Linda: I want them to know that I am only giving a glimpse of the outdoor experience and the power it holds. It is up to the teachers and parents to continue to nurture and expand upon the children’s knowledge and enthusiasm. It can start in the classroom, blossom at our programs, and last a lifetime. 

If you would like to join Linda and become a part of our environmental education team, please contact the RCD at 818/597-8627 x103 or send an email to our Education Coordinator.