Golden Gate School Trip | Expert-led Outdoor Education in the Marin Headlands

School & Group Environmental Science at Golden Gate

On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, on the site of a historic WWII military post, students study environmental science, learn teamwork, and strengthen their connection with nature.

Our Educators

The best in their field

Our staff of highly skilled environmental science educators is key to the success of NatureBridge. Equipped with a wealth of experience, education, and training, our educators change lives by creating dynamic programs that foster connections in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Who are they? 

Our environmental science educators have years of teaching experience in outdoor and environmental education programs and a contagious enthusiasm for exploring the natural world.

All of our educators have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Passion about teaching, youth, and the environment

Many of our educators:

  • Have worked as national park rangers or as certified classroom teachers
  • Have traveled or lived abroad, volunteering for organizations or studying foreign languages
  • Currently serve as educators, musicians, photographers, poets, birders, artists, athletes, and more

***Upon conditional hiring, all NatureBridge staff are fingerprinted and background checkedProspective staff with records of previous convictions related to the services we provide will not be considered for employment.


Educator Spotlight - Yi-Chuan Luk

I grew up in the subtropical island of Taiwan and the eastern deciduous forest of Connecticut. I studied Cell/Molecular Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans, where the intoxicating scent of magnolia and the funky sounds of the bayou is ever-present. I completed a Master’s Thesis on the distribution of mud fiddler crabs and their relationship with various salt marsh vegetation along the central Long Island Sound. I am also a certified high school/middle school Biology teacher in the state of Connecticut; although I have little desire to return to the classroom in the near future. I have been working in the field of environmental education for over five years, while exploring and learning in the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Northwoods of western Maine.

Educator Spotlight - Leandra Darden

Leandra is originally from Springfield, Virginia right outside of Washington D.C. She grew up loving animals and considered going to college to be a vet. In high school a school trip to Florida cemented her love for marine biology and she went to the University of Tampa to study the ocean. Since graduating she has been traveling around the country teaching her love of science to students in Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, Canada, and now California. At NatureBridge she is an educator, part of the marine lab team and excited to be a a conference host. On her days off she loves to sit by the ocean, find a sweet spot to hammock or go on a hike.  

“Without a doubt, [NatureBridge’s] teaching staff is central to the success of environmental science programs. They are a principal motivation behind participating teachers’ decisions to attend. Their content knowledge, passion, and creativity in working with children are outstanding.” — 2000 Stanford Evaluation, Final Report

“Every time I come, which now spans more than 20 years, I am amazed by the strength of your instructors. The quality of their lessons and planning and their management of focus and behavior are superb.” — Suz Walker, Woodside Elementary

Or inquire via phone:
Jeanelle Steiner
415-332-5771 ext 28


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