Ilianna Padilla

Class of 2017

Ilianna is a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach, studying Environmental Geography. What sparked Ilianna’s interest in nature was reading literature that fed her imagination with beautiful descriptions of wild landscapes that seemed so distant for someone who grew up in a densely urban environment. This summer at John Muir she hopes to gain a deeper insight into all the great things the National Park Service (NPS) does, as well as take part in their mission of becoming more relevant to all communities. In the future, she hopes to have a career in the NPS or run her own nonprofit organization.