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Kayla Carrington

Enthusiastic and dependable human being with a warm and outgoing personality. Hardworking, quick to comprehend, and inherently motivated leader with strong organizational and prioritization abilities. Intersecting art, activism, and environmental psychology to fuel an ongoing endeavor to work with community, children, and the environment in a healthy and active way.

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University of Washington, Seattle        Class of 2018          GPA 3.7          Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Studies with Departmental Honors

Bachelor of Arts: Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP)
Minor: Education, Learning, and Society

Spring 2020-Present

Outdoor Ed Private Instructor
Seattle, Washington's local parks

Through science, art, and interactive outdoor adventures, I cultivate outdoor learning spaces for pods of up to a group of 4 early-elementary aged children to interact with the natural environment. The programs I run typically attract learners who are curious explorers driven by sensory play. 

Fall 2019- Spring 2020

UW Arboretum: Family Nature Class

Up until school closures at the start of the pandemic, I ran a UW youth education program every Saturday and Sunday for toddlers and their grown-ups to sensorily and scientifically connect with the environment. I crafted curricula, prepared materials, and singlehandedly lead the two-hour program.

Summer 2019, 2020, & 2021

UW Arboretum: Summer Camp Naturalist

Since 2018, I have worked as a Summer Camp Naturalist ensuring a fun, safe, and environmentally educational week, each week, for a group of 14 kids, ages 4-8. These past seasons presented us with explorative questions about wildfires, climate change, and environmental stewardship.

Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Dance Collective: Purple Lemonade

As I work to progress my musical act, dancing at Velocity Dance Center with a Seattle POC, queer dance collective was an essential part of my growth. We had three performances every season, and continue to work together on internal projects.

Summer 2019

European Tour: Ten Man Brass Band

As a kickoff to our international tours, the Ten Man Brass Band spent a month visiting cities in Iceland, the Netherlands, France, and Spain. There, we played at weekend-long festivals, indoor music venues, and on the street for money. I was with Seattle's Ten Man Brass Band from 2018-2019 before switching my focus to my own music.

Winter & Spring 2019

Debut EP: Saxophone and Rap

I spent two seasons creating an R&B album from start to finish with the intention of spreading awareness and empathy towards our environmental crisis. I worked alone and with a team of producers to bring Environmental Studies to completion. On the album, I play saxophone, rap, and sing.

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Fall 2018

Fiddleheads Forest School (FFS) Instructor
UW Arboretum: Seattle, WA

The all-outdoor forest preschool at the UW Arboretum hired me as an assistant teacher for the Trillium classroom. Rain or shine, we guided daily observation and experimentation on an individual and group level. Our mission was to foster a love of science as well as social and emotional development and self-regulation.

Summer 2018

Summer Camp Naturalist
UW Arboretum: Seattle, WA

Worked full time with the UW Arboretum facilitating summer camp for preschoolers age 4-6 and specializing in after camp activities for grade-schoolers.  Went on to continue each Summer for 4 years.

Spring 2018

Each Step In.
Authored and Self-Published Poetry Book

The 60-page book, written by me, centers on the intergenerational environmental anxiety that today's youngest generations face. Through rhyming poetics and digital drawings, I articulate how leaving art and emotion out of climate change politics can cause these anxieties to dominate current times.

Fall 2017

Sustainability and Environmental Action
SIT Study Abroad: Australia

Spent a semester abroad in Australia studying environmental activist methodology and applications. Learned how to lead and organize protests, how to communicate with people with differing views, and how to practice mindfulness in nature to maintain level-headedness.

Fall 2016-Spring 2018

Research Lab: Human Interactions with Nature & Technological Systems (HINTS)
University of Washington, Seattle

Undergraduate researcher with UW Professor Peter Kahn. Biked to Fiddleheads outdoor preschool 2-3 times a week to gather data by video recording students in the outdoor classroom. Organized and assisted with data coding. Participated in weekly lab.

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Fiddleheads Forest School (FFS) Intern 
UW Arboretum: Seattle, WA

Interned at FFS, an all-outdoor forest preschool, since the beginning of the 2016 school year. My role there began with two days of my week, every week, teaching how to steward the earth and learning from the 3-5 year olds' constant curiosity.  By Fall 2018, I became a full time assistant instructor. 

Summer 2016

Islandwood Intern


Bainbridge Island, WA

Spent the summer in the woods on Bainbridge Island and was paired up with an instructor who took me in as their mentee. Together we ran day camps ranging anywhere from pre-k to ninth grade.  Sixteen of us interns and mentors lived together in cabins just off the Islandwood campus for six weeks.

Winter 2014- Spring 2015

Zoomazium Volunteer


Woodland Park Zoo: Seattle, WA

Introduced children ages 0-3 to zoo animals with hands-on crafts, puppet shows, and various interactive activities.

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