Ruby Gonzalez

Class of 2020

I am a first-generation college graduate with a bachelor’s in science in Environmental Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Although my academic studies heavily emphasized the biological and ecological components of Environmental Science, my work experience centers around Environmental Justice and the social implications of environmental issues. I believe that to be a great scientist, social disparities must be acknowledged and assessed. My career goal is to bridge the gap between overburdened and underrepresented communities and the institutions that burden them. I currently work as an outdoor science teacher for elementary school-aged kids where I teach environmental lessons in outdoor environments such as regional parks. I love working alongside nature, nature is the best coworker. As a result, I am very excited to learn more about the Park and Forest Service. I am especially grateful for LHIP and the opportunity to explore all that our National Parks have to offer.