For Julia, environmental education is a lifelong passion. As Director of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, she oversees programs that reach 2,200 youth annually, most of whom come from underrepresented communities. Julia grew up sailing and bodysurfing on the Southern California Coast and was lucky enough to have been sent to summer camp every year of her childhood. Working as a wilderness fire lookout and camping, hiking and backpacking throughout the High Sierra, North Cascades, and Southwestern red rock country taught her that it’s better to wake up in wilderness than any city on earth. Julia joined PRNSA in 2008 after 11 years directing environmental education and stewardship programs at a university field station. Prior to that, she worked for the Mono Lake Committee, Kern Environmental Education Program, Monterey County Outdoor School, and taught Biology at the college level. Julia is the 2015 recipient of Bay Nature Foundation's Local Hero for Environmental Education award. She earned her B.A. in Botany and M.A. in Natural History from Sonoma State University.