Carroll C. Yandell
Chair, Golden Gate Board

"Time outside gives kids more comprehensive learning: their senses are brought into play. They hear, see, and smell, and this becomes part of the lesson. They are filled with possibilities. NatureBridge helps kids build independence and understand how integral they are to the future of nature and the Earth. After raising three boys, I have great hope that our children’s generation will be the ones who will fully embrace the environmental work that our generation has begun."

Carroll Yandell joined the Golden Gate Board in 2010 and is currently its Chair. She joined the NatureBridge National Board in 2013. Carroll believes NatureBridge’s science curriculum—grounded in the Core Educational Framework themes of sense of place, interconnections, and stewardship—is one of the organization’s strongest assets, and she is committed to making this curriculum and the NatureBridge experience available to students from all communities.

Carroll got her first taste of NatureBridge as a parent chaperone for her son’s fifth grade program in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Having been highly involved in her local school district, Carroll is excited to expand NatureBridge programs and to make hands-on environmental science a part of every child’s education.

After a successful career in finance on the East Coast, Carroll’s passion for nature led her to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After moving to California, Carroll served as treasurer of the Ross Valley Nursery School, executive committee member and treasurer of the Ross School PTA, Ross School Foundation member, and chair of the Ross School Site Council.

Carroll also volunteered with Forest Ethics and The Marin Art and Garden Advisory Committee and lives in Ross with her husband and her three sons.

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