Alena is a dedicated educator who is focused on providing meaningful outdoor experiences to underserved youth. Alena first began working with the Ventana Wilderness Society in 2004 as an instructor for the Natural Science Discovery Camp, and then as Education Coordinator, coming to the program with seven years of experience in outdoor science education. A native of the East Coast, Alena received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Outdoor Education, with a focus on natural interpretation, from SUNY (State University of New York) Cortland. She has teaching experience working with all ages from infant to adult, including individuals with special needs and behavioral challenges. With over 15 years experience in program development and management, Alena also has an extensive background in natural sciences, is trained in basic first aid, wilderness first aid and CPR, and holds a class B commercial driver’s license. She is currently the Education Coordinator for VWS.