Meet Tania Cooley, Canopy’s new Environmental Educator

By Canopy Team on March 18, 2024

Tania Cooley (she/her) joined the Canopy team in March 2024 as Environmental Educator. We asked Tania a few questions to get to know her better.

What were you up to before joining Canopy?

Tania Cooley

Tania: I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA. I received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California Santa Cruz. I did field work and lab work focused on plant ecology during college and worked as a gardener for a garden classroom. For the last couple of years, I have worked as a Naturalist for Exploring New Horizons Sempervirens Outdoor School and a TK-5th Garden Instructor for Life Lab Science Program at an elementary school in Watsonville, CA. 

What are you excited to be working on?

Tania: Something I am excited to be working on is the Pre-K lessons this summer! I believe environmental education can start from a very early age and can affect how kids relate to and feel comfortable in nature as they grow up!

Why do you care about trees?

Tania: Trees are important to me because growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, trees were my first connection to nature. Spending time at parks was the way that I learned about nature and began to care about conserving it. Redwood trees are also the reason why I fell in love with this area and decided to move up to Northern California and go to UC Santa Cruz. 

What is your favorite tree?

Tania: My favorite tree is a Douglas Fir because their needles give you vitamin C and they’re beautiful!

Favorite Quote?

Tania: “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”

What are your favorite hobbies?

Tania: I like to paint, embroider, craft go on hikes and watch reality TV.

Thanks, Tania! Welcome to the Canopy team. 🌳

Olympic Peninsula Douglas fir
Photo by Elise Willis

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