Celeste Royer has 35 years of experience as an environmental and outdoor education administrator. As a native Californian who grew up loving the outdoors, she is dedicated to making natural environments and outdoor spaces accessible to all community members.
Celeste is currently the director of equity and inclusion at Ten Strands, a statewide nonprofit focused on centering equity while advancing environmental literacy for all CA students. She was director of environmental and outdoor education at the SLOCOE for over 30 years and directed Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School’s residential, field, and classroom programs. She is a faculty member at Cal Poly SLO and teaches Environmental and Wilderness Education. As director of the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network for the CA Department of Education, she built regional and statewide partnerships to support environmental education initiatives.
A strong advocate of environmental literacy for all, Celeste serves on numerous boards and advisory committees of organizations that advance equity, inclusion, justice, and environmental literacy including Justice Outside and the BEETLES Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Celeste holds degrees from UCLA, SFSU, and Cal Poly SLO. She resides in Los Osos with her husband Jim where they get outdoors often. Her grown children reside in New York City and the Czech Republic.