Zach Conner

Teacher

Zach (he/him) began working in outdoor education in middle school, and has been in love with the field ever since! His family is full of teachers, gardeners, and watermen, and I suppose I picked up some of their passions and advice. I was fortunate to learn early on how meaningful and fun it is to connect with nature, and today I’m very grateful for the opportunity to help students cultivate their own relationships with the outdoors. 

I emphasize reciprocity, self-confidence, and teamwork in the classroom. We all have something to teach each other, and it’s as important to listen as it is to share. By supporting each other and pooling our talents/understandings, we mirror symbiotic relationships observable all throughout our ecosystem.

Outdoor education has huge therapeutic potential! I hope each student sees something of themself reflected in the magic of the environment. We are still a part of nature, and appreciating that connection can help us make sense of our past, present, and future. I’m a big storyteller and encourage students to explore how history and myth weave into their own narratives. 

Before joining the Biocitizen team, I worked in an educational garden, as a labor organizer, as a hotel kitchen expeditor, and as a valet. I graduated from UCLA in 2018 with my undergraduate degree in English and Civic Engagement.

In my free time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, snorkeling, finding cool ingredients in the woods, and making music. I’m especially proud of my new garden, the first terraced raised beds I’ve ever built!