Emily Sampson

Assistant Project Manager / Education & Outreach Coordinator


Emily joins the CLC team with eight years of wildlife education experience within nonprofits.  Since a young age, Emily has had an affinity for water, animals, and helping others.  Seeking a way to turn her passions into a career, Emily pursued a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara and went on to share her love of wildlife through informal educational settings.  From Australia to Florida, Emily has been fortunate enough to travel and live in multiple places in pursuit of wildlife conservation, animal husbandry, and conservation education.  Despite her love of travel and exploring new places, Emily’s roots always bring her back to California.  In 2015, Emily found herself living on the Central Coast.

Emily is excited to bring her animal care and wildlife education expertise to Creek Lands Conservation through education and outreach, and to support the many ongoing restoration projects occurring along our beloved Central Coast that help to conserve and protect our natural wildlife.  She believes the best way to encourage people to protect and conserve wildlife is through fostering positive relationships with the outdoors and connecting people to nature on a personal level, just as she has.  In her free time, you’ll often find Emily exploring the tidepools, hiking, traveling the world (when times are appropriate), baking bread (yes, this hobby only began as a result of COVID-19 but has since blossomed into a fun, and delicious pastime!), and enjoying all that the Central Coast has to offer with friends and family.

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