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Abby Ybarra

Albert “Abby” Ybarra, a native of California has been involved with conservation and environmental education for 25 years. A member of the Yaqui Nation, Abby has been conducting teacher workshops for Project Learning Tree, and was the Community Environmental Education Specialist for the District of Columbia and works as a consultant for state, federal, and non-governmental agencies.
In California, Abby Ybarra worked for the State of California in the California Conservation Corps, Employment Development Department, the Secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency, and TreePeople Inc, developing environmental education curriculum for teen age students, community self reliance programs, trained teachers to use the environment as the integrating context for learning(EIC) method, and other student engagement methods.
Abby Ybarra has experience working with individual teachers, organizations, and government agencies to improve the understanding of how people need to restore their innate connections to their environment, understanding our relationship to water, BMP’s for understanding water quality by restoring stream buffers, building storm water BMP’s, and managing forested properties.
Abby attended San Diego State University, and has taught various pre-service programs for the Los Angeles Unified School District Emergency Credentials Program, University of San Diego Extension, and USC specializing in hands on experiential learning activities for pre-service teachers.
He is a board member of the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) and has received their highest award for his innovative environmental and community enhancement activities as winner of the first Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service award.
As an Education Consultant for Project Indigenous, Abby works toward our goal to teach cultural diversity from Indigenous perspective. Previously to working with Project Indigenous, Abby was the Grassroots Coordinator for the No Child Left Inside Coalition a broad based coalition of organizations made up of more than 2000 groups across the country representing environment educational, business, public health, outdoor recreation, and conservation interest, who believe that that young people should receive a strong education about their natural world.
Abby Ybarra lives in Chesapeake Beach MD and outside working hours enjoys leading a Boy Scout Troop as their Scoutmaster, outdoor activities, hiking, and live theater. Specialties; PLT, Native American traditional education, watershed education for students, Project Management, Construction of Outdoor classrooms. In his volunteer time he also sits on the Board of Directors of the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Native Youth Alliance, and volunteers in Calvert County Schools teaching environmental education and Native American History.

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