Kristyn Lum is a San Francisco native with a deep affinity for play-based learning and outdoor exploration. From some of her early experiences of camping and climbing, tending to her garden, digging for “fossils” at the park and collecting treasures at the beach, she feels fortunate to have been able to experience the many opportunities for risk-taking, wonder, and independence that nature so graciously provides. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development with an emphasis on Family Development. Throughout her time at San Diego State University, she had the pleasure of being able to incorporate some of her passions in life with her work out in the field—from teaching youth about environmental conservation with Ms. Smarty-Plants (at the Water Conservation Garden) to promoting local resources that build healthy families and communities with the San Diego Trauma Informed Guide Team. She hopes to create safe and conducive environments that model education as it fits the individual and believes that there is no single approach for every person. She has been inspired by children’s curiosity and wonder, and maintains the notion that what makes an individual unique is also what makes our society whole. Through nature, children feel empowered by respect, self-sufficiency, and are given the freedom to engage and thrive in their community. When she’s not directly working with children and families, she can be found in her kitchen cooking, spending time painting, outside gardening or making her way to the nearest forest.