Makayla grew up in a farming community in the Sacramento Valley. Always curious about the world around her, she developed a fascination with nature that began on her family’s farm.
Upon arriving in Sonoma County, she began working with Sonoma State University’s (SSU) Center for Environmental Inquiry, where she gained experience in land stewardship, plant identification, and community outreach. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Planning at SSU and has since held a variety of positions that have expanded her knowledge and interest in everything from ecology to environmental justice.
Makayla began as a volunteer at Pepperwood and is now a part of the GrizzlyCorps Fellowship program. As a GrizzlyCorps Fellow, she assists Pepperwood’s Research & Preserve Management Team in its research and land stewardship efforts.