Caroline Okoyo: Environmental Education

Caroline Okoyo:  Environmental Education

Her Faculty Mentor: Prof. Traci Warkentin, Geography, Hunter College

Her Area of Concentration:

Hunter College        GEOG 383   Environmental Ethics – Food Justice

Hunter College        GEOG 383   Environmental and Sustainability Education

Lehman College      GEOG 210   Introduction to Environmental Science

Lehman College      PHIL 369   Global Justice

Lehman College      REC  361   Camp Leadership and Outdoor Recreation

Lehman College      REC 370   Internship (NYC Parks and Recreation)

Queens College      EES  373   Environmental Problem Solving

Queens College      URB  252   Urban Environment

Queens College      GEOL 551 Globe Program for Elem Teachers – Teacher Certification

Her work: Caroline Okoyo grew up in Kenya and has long since had an abiding interest in the environment, particularly environmental protection and sustainability. In Kenya she was a volunteer for an education program that worked with the local community on the conservation of one of the last remaining rainforests there.  She taught children there and worked with youths and adults to find alternative livelihoods to help prevent the further use of forest resources for income.  She completed a Certificate Program in Environmental Management at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, gaining scientific and resource management skills. At the Training Institute, she conducted her own conservation initiative project that trained women to sustainably exploit Western Kenyan wetlands.  Now in New York, Okoyo is a teaching volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History and a volunteer with Wild Metro, an organization working to protect biodiversity in the urban landscape.  For her internship with New York City Parks and Recreation, her duties include reaching out to people, especially youths, on the importance of outdoor recreation through environmental education. They will also target disabled persons to make sure they are not left behind in participating in the outdoor activities which are available in the city parks and the Bronx River.