Sarah Russ

Assistant Project Manager / Education Coordinator


  • Central Coast Ecosystems
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Education


Team Creek Lands
Phone: ​(805) 473-8221


Sarah is a Central Coast native who ventured outside of California to pursue her master’s degree in the midwest and Montana, but then came right back to the beaches, creeks, and mountains that she loves. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Ecology, with a minor in Professional Writing, from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts in Environmental Planning & Management, with a graduate GIS certificate, from the University of Illinois Springfield. The enthusiasm for science and learning established as a homeschooled child with more than a few siblings set her up to enjoy not just the sciences but also education and working with students. She has extensive experience mentoring and tutoring students with a diversity of backgrounds and goals and likes nothing better than helping students find their “lightbulb” moments or turn a lesson into an adventure. She is a long-time advisor and mentor for the local homeschooling community and tutor for high school and community college students, including first generation, remedial, special needs, and adult returning students.

At Creek Lands Conservation, Sarah is happy to have found a great team of scientists and naturalists to work with. Sarah is overseeing CLC’s “Protecting Our Watersheds” environmental education program which is working with teachers and schools to improve environmental curriculum and increase field trips, including the long-lived Trout in the Classroom program (CDFW). Besides a project and resource management role on several restoration projects, she also enjoys “being a scientist”: building maps (GIS) and getting outside and in the creeks as much as possible for field work including water quality monitoring, streamflow measurements, and habitat mapping.

Sarah expresses her love of God, family, and nature by going on family adventures,
trying to surf, fishing, hiking, camping, cooking, baking, and drinking hot cocoa with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a good book.

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