Learning Among the Oaks Program Manager

After a childhood in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Zarah studied horticulture and ecology at the University of California, Davis. For the last 20 years her work has focused on protecting and restoring California’s oak woodlands while supporting oak-based conservation initiatives throughout western North America. Zarah’s favorite things are harvesting acorns, climbing oaks,…

Mat Wernet

Preserve Supervisor

Mat was born and raised in Federal Way, Washington and moved to Arroyo Grande, California his junior year of high school. He then acquired an EMS degree from Allen Hancock College. After hiking the well-groomed trails of the central coast, Mat was inspired by the coast live oaks and started practicing the art of Bonsai.…

Executive Assistant

Marie Weiher grew up in San Luis Obispo, California with cherished memories of being a young child running freely through the hills of northern Morro Bay and Cayucos. Following graduation from San Luis Obispo High School, Marie moved to San Diego and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations…

Volunteer and Events Coordinator

Niki grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, exploring the natural beauty of the island. After moving to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2021. Coming from an island, Niki grew up more interested in the ocean than land, but that flipped…

Monitoring Program Manager

Dylan grew up in Seattle, Washington and gained an appreciation for the mountains, clean water, and lush forests that surround his hometown. He graduated with a BS degree in Natural Resources Management and an MS degree in Forest Hydrology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo California. Dylan is enthusiastic about managing Land…

Community Engagement Coordinator

Christa grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, where childhood exploration of the forests and tallgrass prairies instilled in her a passion for the environment. Pursuing this passion and seeking better weather, she moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly, where she received a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection in 2021. Recognizing the…

pismo preserve outreach coordinator

Carolyn “CJ” Silas has spent most evenings throughout her life on a microphone talking sports & announcing games for college football & baseball at Cal Poly and Hancock College. By day she laces up her hiking boots or Roller Derby skates to get her blood pumping and her heart racing. She has been a volunteer…

Learning Among the Oaks Educator

Kylie spent her childhood exploring the desert in rural southern Arizona where she grew up. She earned her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in wildlife management and ecology at Northern Arizona University, where she discovered her passion for teaching others about science and nature. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco and then eventually…

Restoration Program Manager

Lindsey hails from the beaches of Ventura, California and spent much her childhood on her grandparents’ ranch in the Ojai Valley. Lindsey has a B.S in Environmental Management and Protection and a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Much of her early career was spent working in youth environmental and science…

restoration ecologist

Dena grew up climbing trees and playing sardines in Long Beach, CA. She earned her B.S. at UC Davis in Environmental Biology. After spending many years farming in the Sacramento area and working in the backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, she moved to the Central Coast. Dena joined the Land Conservancy in…