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Laura Stein 


Director of Nature Awareness

Laura Stein grew up in the Pine Barren Forest of New Jersey where she spent her time immersed in her many passions: eating wild blueberries, chasing baby Canada geese, and studying behavior patterns of squirrels. When it was time for her to join society, she turned her focus towards another passion: studying behavior patterns of humans.

Laura graduated from Temple University with degrees in Hospitality and Event Management, Economics, and Environmental Science. Her professional background is as varied as Gregor Mendel’s pea plants. Laura served as a manager of environmental sustainability for a Fortune 200 company, as a nonprofit consultant, as the founder and owner of Wilderskills, a youth nature awareness summer camp in Saratoga, CA, and as the Human Resources Manager and Financial Controller at a Silicon Valley tech startup.

Just prior to joining the Riekes Center, Laura lived in a primitive shelter she built in the Santa Cruz mountains, with a family of wood rats.