Marysia (she/hers) originally hails from Nipmuck and Pequot-Mohegan territories of Northeastern Quinnehtukqut. Her childhood was painted by lush river valleys – fish hidden in stream bends, moss laden rocks, and dusk coyote songs. These forested forays contributed to a foundational love and curiosity for all forms of life.
She earned degrees in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut, with a focus on conservation ecology and eco-justice. In 2018, she received a NSF grant to study the importance of connecting natural and cultural history in educational materials throughout parks and public-protected lands in Chile. It was in those temperate rainforests of the subantarctic that Marysia’s path crossed with Biocitizen leaders Jesse and Vicente. Connecting with them offered an opportunity to continue focusing on place based education. After leading Our Place, CLAWS overnights, and program development in Western Massachusetts, she joined the Los Angeles team in the Fall of 2020!
Behind the scenes, Marysia is excited to be growing our program depth, community, accessibility, and collaboration in local conservation efforts. She continues to engage with her founding joys by helping building connections between teachers, students, and the overlooked cultures and co-inhabitant species whom we share our spaces with. Her favorite magic trick? Sharing a slash of water with sleepy mosses so they stand upright and expose the bright colors to goblet-like reproductive structures of bryophytes. Her inspiration? The power of healing relationships with ourselves, and other people, as a model for reciprocal care with the ecosystems we are a part of – a powerful practice at a time when such critical reconnections could help us better address the intertwined social and ecological disasters of the climate crisis. Her outlook on life? She’s a spirited optimist and hopes to share that energy with the next generation.