Director of Environmental Education, TreePeople
Regional Director of Environmental Education, Los Angeles County, California Department of Education
Chair California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) L.A. Provider Network
Director, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Environmental Education Program, Generation Earth
Member, California State Environmental Literacy Steering Committee
Member California Environmental Literacy Equity Team
Member, National Environmental Professionals of Color
Steering Committee Member, Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair
Member, Board of Directors, Ten Strands
Member, Women’s Environmental Coalition, Los Angeles
Member, NAAEE eePro Diversity and Inclusion Group
San Francisco State University - Major: Environmental Sustainability & Social Justice
Candice Dickens-Russell is Director of Environmental Education at TreePeople and a California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Regional Coordinator for Los Angeles County. She develops and manages high quality environmental education programs for Los Angeles area students and teachers. She chairs the 87 member CREEC-LA Environmental Education Leadership Board, and the Los Angeles Watershed Education Collaborative. Candice is a member of the Los Angeles Area Women’s Environmental Coalition, and serves on the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair steering committee. She majored in Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University, with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. Candice's current work centers around using nature and the outdoor classroom to help teachers meet their educational goals including teaching the Next Generation Science Standards. Candice believes that most, if not everything, can be taught outdoors and works with thousands of students each year. Candice has a passion for equity and inclusion in all things, but especially in environmental education. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and pet rabbit, Buddy.
the Environmental literacy movement
I absolutely love learning and teaching about how important the environment is and how we all have a role to play in its protection and preservation. The environmental education field has allowed me to combine three things I really love - youth development, sustainability, and social justice. In California, we’re lucky that our California Department of Education’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has taken a leadership role in creating environmentally literate students in California and in 2015, assembled a 47 person Environmental Literacy Task Force on which I was honored to be invited to serve. The Task Force created California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, which lays out a strategic approach for ensuring that ALL California students have access to environmental education resources and experiences. The Blueprint is being implemented by the California Environmental Literacy Steering Committee which I’m also honored to be a part of, and we’re rolling out environmental education access and tools California school district, by school district.
I’m proud to lend my expertise in environmental curriculum review and development, teacher advisory and support, and environmental education program planning to several organizations. Please contact me if you'd like help in any of these areas.