Aaron Rich
Golden Gate Director

"It is not enough to simply give children an experience in their national parks. We must make these wild places relevant to their lives and home communities if we want the learning to stick. At NatureBridge, we consider our students' culture, language, home environment, and comfort in the outdoors so the education programs here will leave a lasting impact."

As the Golden Gate Director, Aaron Rich oversees programs that serve more than 20,000 people annually in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Aaron grew up swimming, fishing, and canoeing in the lakes of northern Wisconsin. After college, he hiked the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia and determined that he wanted to pursue a career in service of the environment.

Aaron joined NatureBridge in 2004 as the Field Science Education Manager at the Golden Gate campus, overseeing education staff as well as designing and evaluating curriculum and teaching methodology. He also served as Director of Marketing from 2007-2010. Prior to joining the staff at the Golden Gate campus, he led programs in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, along the shores of the Tennessee River, in the forests of Western Michigan, and in the canyons of Southern Utah.

Aaron earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and participated in a Graduate Residency in Environmental Education with the Canyonlands Field Institute in Utah. Today, he lives with his wife and son in Marin City where he enjoys access to running, hiking, and biking the trails in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Contact Aaron at arich@naturebridge.org or 415-332-5771 ext 11.

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