San Francisco / Oakland cohort
Sebastian Castillo (he/him/his) is a Latino, East Bay native, currently attending school at Las Positas and Chabot Community Colleges. At the end of next year, he plans to transfer to UC Santa Cruz to obtain his degree in Environmental Studies. Aside from school, he also serves as an Interpretive Student Aide for the East Bay Regional Park District at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, California. As an Aide, he focuses his time assisting with naturalist and environmental educational programs about natural, cultural history and wildlife. He considers himself an advocate for recreation in the outdoors and personally enjoys activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing and herping in his free time. He specifically enjoys working with herpetology and wishes to have a collection of reptiles and amphibians in the near future. His passion for wildlife has moved him to pursue a career in the protection and conservation of public lands. Living in a diverse community, Sebastian works towards supporting environments to be safe and diverse friendly spaces for people to enjoy. As an environmental educator for the last two years, his experience has ranged from working with federal to regional public lands expanding his background in environmental studies to ensure he can do his part to help preserve the wilderness for generations to enjoy.