B.S. in Ecology, University of California, Davis (2006)
M.S. in Environmental Science, Washington State University (2011)
Alexa joined Coos Watershed Association in late summer of 2013, stepping in as the second Assessment and Outreach Coordinator in our organization's history. Prior to joining CoosWA, Alexa managed a variety of outreach programs to train and engage citizen leaders in watershed improvement. She delivered watershed curriculum to 200 4th-8th grade students as a water quality educator in Vancouver, Washington, designed and taught Aquatic Wildlife at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, and provided resources and science curriculum development to 90 7th grade students as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program. She also spent a year as a Conservation Associate for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, where she led surveys and organized workshops for citizen scientists participating in aquatic invertebrate studies. She enjoys working with both youth and adults, especially in outdoor, non-traditional educational settings
What Alexa Does at CoosWA
As the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Coos Watershed Association, Alexa wears many hats. She is in charge of youth education programming--most notably the field-based Master Watershed Steward Program, in which she and her team teach high school students about watershed science, explore the Coos watershed, and learn about natural resource management education and career options after high school. Alexa also represents our organization and collaborates with partners on the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, and provides guidance and supervision to several of our AmeriCorps and VISTA volunteers. As the resident aquatic ecologist, Alexa leads our macroinvertebrate sampling efforts to support water quality monitoring and watershed assessment. Finally, Alexa coordinates and delivers community-wide education and stewardship action events, such as workshops, trainings, and volunteer events, collaborates with the Friends of Coos Watershed, and sustains her programming through grant seeking and reporting.