Meet Our Educators

TreePeople’s award-winning Environmental Education program owes a great deal of its success to our staff of talented Eco-tour educators.

Each of our educators is unique, but they all possess the right qualities – combined with excellent professional training – to open young hearts and minds to the wonders of the urban forest. Of course, it helps that they all share a love for nature…and a great sense of humor, too!

Born and raised in the concrete jungles of Los Angeles, Hector has found refuge leading Eco-tours of “coyotes” through our Magical City Forest in Coldwater Canyon Park. A vehement believer that education empowers a community, Hector is currently working on his Masters degree at the California State University, Los Angeles, focusing on the development of renewable energy. When not consumed by planting seeds in young minds or remedying a fuel cell, Hector custom screen-prints colorful illustrations on wearable canvases.

“Hector has a wonderful sense of humor and enjoys his work. He made our tour both educational and fun.” -3rd Street Elementary School teacher

Tainy was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Van Nuys High School for the Performing Arts in 2007 and went on to attend Los Angeles Valley College as a Music Major. She is back at Los Angeles Valley College studying Child Development and plans on becoming an elementary school teacher.
Tainy loves to be outdoors and hikes and camps regularly. She also loves to teach and have fun with children of all ages. Fortunately, as an Elementary Educator, she gets to have fun outdoors with kids!

Born in the wilds of the Santa Monica Mountains, Elliott grew up not knowing much about the flora and fauna of his natural surroundings. After returning back to the hills of his home after a decade away, Elliott is digging deep into the pools of knowledge which surround him in the vibrant City Forest of Los Angeles. He has recently completed TreePeople's inaugural Citizen Arborist program, and is taking horticulture courses at UCLA. When he is not trying to identify plants with a dichotomous key or memorizing Latin and common names of natives, he can be found hiking with his dogs, working on his house, or riding his bike.

Born in St. Louis, MO Enjoli discovered nature's wonders at a young age while making mud pies in her back yard and trying to grow her own garden (not with vegetables but with berries) because she thought she could dye her hair with the juice!  Enjoli enjoys teaching and exposing others to nature's wonders. She has volunteered with Voters For Equality, worked with homeless youth, and has experience with developing emergent curriculum. If you don't see Enjoli on the trails you can most likely find her attending bikram yoga classes or at LA Valley College where she is majoring in human development.

Liz is a southern California native, but spent her summers in the green mountains of Vermont. Her love of nature led her to Pitzer College where she got her degree in Environmental Studies. She enjoys working with youth and sharing her passion for the outdoors. When she's not leading a tour, you can find her in the garden where she teaches nutrition, cooking and environmental sciences classes to students in Highland Park.