Samantha Wynns

San Diego, CA, US
Field of Work 
Biology
 
STEM Education
Company 
National Park Service
Job Title or "Student" 
Conservation Biologist | Science Educator | Community Builder
Education 
San Diego State University
Degree 
Biology
Education Level 
Bachelors
Profile Biography 
Biologist Samantha Wynns has always been a nature geek. Growing up on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park, she spent her summers hiking mountains, rafting rivers, and observing the wild. Sam knew from an early age that she wanted to study and protect these beautiful wild places and the awesome creatures that live in them.

After earning her degree, Sam landed a job working with the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument where she wears many hats: Sam gathers data as a field biologist, she educates youth and the public as a science educator, and she brings the Parks-to-the-People with community outreach. During any given day she can be found wrangling snakes (gently and respectfully, of course), leading a STEM summer camp for underserved girls, or giving scientific lectures out in the community. In every role, Sam’s goal is to illuminate and inspire a passion for STEM and a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Sam was just recently awarded the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassadorship which aims to increase participation and diversity in STEM fields.
Interests 
Working outdoors, Pets, Reading, Video games, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Availability 
Weekdays, Weekends
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype), Other
Program Affiliation 
Other
Other Program Affiliation 
AAAS IF/THEN Initiative
Other Interests 
Music (DJing); Cosplay
Other Resources 
Free STEM summer camp for girls!

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