Chris Soriano – Teacher at Heart, Nature Explorers Camp Leader
Chris Soriano has over 10 years experience in outdoor education and he is passionate about sharing his love of nature with the world. He expresses that love through art, songs, and sharing his knowledge of the natural world.
Chris has been a lifelong teacher since his first volunteer job at a raptor rescue center. When he was just 11 years old, you could find him teaching others about interpreting nature with a hawk perched upon his arm. His career in outdoor education began roughly there, the Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy in San Antonio, Texas, where he volunteered alongside his family. His knack for outdoor education carried him to the San Antonio Zoo soon after, where he helped with everything from animal care and facilities maintenance to educational programming.
Chris graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with a B.S. in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. He has taught people about nature from the day he could talk, and still rattles on about dinosaurs just like he did when he was three years old. He enjoys hiking, playing music, and rainy weather. Chris has taught at outdoor schools and summer camps across the state and with California State Parks, which is what led him to directing Nature Explorers Camp.
Because of his strong resemblance to a local marine mammal, Chris is also known as Otter! His favorite thing about nature is finding something new to him and learning more about it.
Chris is very excited to lead Nature Explorers Camp at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History so please join him this summer for adventure!
As well as leading the Santa Cruz Museum’s Nature Explorer’s Camp in the summer, Chris is the Education Coordinator for the museum. Check out the science lesson plans Chris and associates at the museum have put together for teachers. These are free for teachers in public, private, parochial or homeschooling environments.
Chris Soriano, Education Coordinator 831-420-6115, ext. 17
Nature Explorers Camp, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History