Youth Education Programs Lead
Jessica Holloway (she/her/hers) joined LandPaths in the Fall of 2012. As Youth Education Lead, she develops curriculum and programs as a leader in the field. She is deeply committed to sharing her love of and comfort in outdoor spaces with youth of all different backgrounds. Supporting youth in finding confidence in themselves, seeing them learn new skills and knowledge and watching them find comfort in wild spaces is one of her greatest joys.
A longtime Sonoma county resident, Jessica studied at Santa Rosa Junior College before travelling and earning a certificate to teach English as a Second Language from International House in Egypt. Jessica obtained her B.S. in Environmental Science in 2005 from Humboldt State University and has worked in the field of environmental education ever since. She put herself through school working in grocery stores and then running the university’s compost site operations, and she still loves to talk trash and is passionate about turning waste into soil!
Jessica lived abroad for three years where she worked as an environmental education volunteer for the Peace Corps in Armenia before returning to be closer to her large family and the beautiful landscapes that make up Sonoma County. She then worked in residential environmental education programs, as a ropes course facilitator, and a freelance naturalist until finding her home at LandPaths. She has served on the board of the Compost Club and Sonoma County Mycological Society while also being the live-in caretaker for a beautiful Sonoma Land Trust Preserve.
She loves spending time outdoors with friends and family: hiking, swimming, kayaking, gardening, playing music, making and preserving food, wild crafting, mushroom hunting, traveling, backpacking, reading and learning new ideas and perspectives from nature and people.