Residential Programs Coordinator
nicole (at) sierranevadajourneys (dot) org
Nicole Carbone was born and raised in Oakley, CA, but her visits with her grandparents on the Oregon Coast inspired her keen interest in the natural world. In her free time, Nicole loves exploring with friends, time with family, hiking, camping, kayaking, photography, and looking for reptiles and amphibians in the forest.
After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, she became a teacher at Walker Creek Ranch, the same outdoor school she’d attended herself 11 years earlier. The experience gave her a sense of passion and purpose, as well as endless inspiration from the students, fellow naturalists, and forest around her. After two years of exploring the Santa Cruz mountains, working as a naturalist, and guiding kayak tours, she moved to Ashland, OR to get her Masters in Environmental Education and Certificate in Nonprofit Management. After graduating from Southern Oregon University, Nicole moved to Yosemite National Park to work as an Educational Park Ranger where she received the Carl Sharsmith Award for Seasonal of the Year for the Division of Interpretation and Education based on her work planning and coordinating the Youth in Yosemite Summit and Symposium three-day event.
While she loved living, working, and playing in Yosemite, she is ecstatic for her transition northward in the Sierras! She hopes that her education will guide her as a Residential Programs Coordinator so she can open children’s eyes to life changing moments in nature that will inspire them to make a difference in the world around them.