SYRCL and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are stoked to welcome Amelia Workman to the team as our new On Tour Associate Director. She will be working with partner organizations to spread the Wild & Scenic spirit across the globe.
Amelia is a native of Northern California and has spent the last 25 years backpacking the Sierra and developing a true love for our precious wilderness. Growing up on an organic farm in the Central Valley, she readily observed the delicate balance between people and nature. Amelia realized her passion for being an ambassador for the environment and the preservation of our most valuable resources.
After completing a degree from Sac State, she knew that sustainable business is key in solving the environmental crisis and promptly emerged herself in the industry. Amelia has spent the last seven years working in the outdoor industry for Patagonia and Klean Kanteen. After working with two Wild & Scenic national partners, Amelia was elated to relocate to Nevada City and continue her work and commitment supporting the amazing organizations that contribute to a truly better world.
When not at work, you can find Amelia gardening, playing in the Yuba River, snowboarding, rafting or paddle-boarding. She resides in Nevada City with her white-water kayaking husband.
SYRCL’s River Science department also has a new team member. Heather Kallevig has joined us as the new River Education Coordinator. In this position, she will be leading SYRCL’s efforts to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards of the Yuba watershed. She will coordinate SYRCL’s school assembly programs, salmon rafting and walking trips, Wild & Scenic student and children’s sessions, and high school summer programs.
After spending her early childhood on a small family farm in Idaho and Wyoming where she raised llamas, chickens, ducks, and goats, Heather grew up in Kenai, Alaska on the banks of the Kenai River. She spent her free time exploring the Kenai Wildlife Refuge and the exciting Kenai Peninsula. In 2009, Heather graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and worked for five years as a teacher for the Anchorage School District. While teaching she coached several school sports and extracurricular activities. Her architectural design class was celebrated for a park design that was later implemented in their local community.
During the summers Heather worked for local organizations focusing on youth outdoor education. Her free time offered ample opportunity for exploring Alaska’s outdoors through her favorite activities – rafting, hiking, and camping. In 2014 she moved to Indiana to earn her Master’s degree in communication from Purdue University before returning to the the west coast by way of Grass Valley.
Heather is dedicated to educating our youth about conservation and outdoor recreation. She is excited to join SYRCL and share her love of the outdoors, encourage learning, and foster early relationships with wildlife and nature.