Meet the Education Team!

Hallie Sykes
Oxbow Education Program Manager

Drawn to Washington from arid Kansas by the green trees and beautiful waterways, Hallie brings her enthusiasm for agriculture and sustainability to Oxbow Education programs. After obtaining a degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College, Hallie has educated in many settings, including a wetlands nature center in Colorado and through outreach to local farmers at WSU Extension. Eager to connect to fresh food and fresh young minds, she joined OxEd in early 2016. Hallie appreciates the deep influence of the changing seasons on food and farming and shares that awe and wonder with the young people that visit Oxbow.

Becca Wheaton
Environmental Educator & Program Coordinator

Becca germinated her love of environmental education on the eastern shores of North Carolina’s Atlantic coast. Her love of people and place inspired her degree in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism (BA) through the University of North Carolina Wilmington. During a three-year pit stop in the dreamy mountain landscape of Carbondale, CO, Becca was a farmer at a nonprofit organization called Sustainable Settings, an educational ranch anchored by experiential teaching/learning. She later extended her roots out to join Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) where she was an environmental educator in the classrooms and on their farm at Rock Bottom Ranch. In late 2017, Farmer Becca uprooted her Rocky Mountain lifestyle and moved to the Pacific Northwest to join the Oxbow Education Team as their Environmental Education Program Coordinator. She is excited to continue guiding agricultural and environmental education programs so the next generation of children can lead with a solid environmental foundation.

Shea Scribner
Education Specialist and Summer Camp Director

Grown fresh right here in the Pacific Northwest, Shea has always been inspired by the enormous trees and equally impressive little mosses that so quickly colonize every available surface. Applying this enthusiasm for nature’s treasures large and small, Shea has worked as a naturalist throughout Oregon and Washington and balanced educational theory with hands-on experience to graduate with an Environmental Education BA from Huxley College. From serving on riparian restoration crews to installing permaculture landscapes in Seattle, Shea enjoys exploring the ways humans can work with nature to create resilient habitats in both rural and urban environments. Shea couldn’t be more excited to explore healthy food and native ecology, build a loving community, and make discoveries with Oxbow’s adventurous young learners!

Shannon Arnold
Environmental Educator & Kids’ Farm Steward

Sprouting up on the shores of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, Shannon has always been passionate about protecting our natural resources. While obtaining her Environmental Engineering BA degree at Gannon University, she gained experience in industrial environmental regulation. Shannon brought her experience to Seattle where she assisted with contamination remediation construction projects, and soil, sediment, and water sampling. Shannon also taught future engineers basic math and science skills through fun and exploring with Legos. In 2017, her enthusiasm for organic farming, conservation, and teaching young ones brought her to Oxbow, where she now helps form the next generation of environmental stewards. 

Caroline McSherry
AmeriCorps Service Member

Oxbow’s very own (and very first!) AmeriCorps service member, Caroline McSherry, just moved to Seattle from Massachusetts. She most recently completed her third summer as a park ranger for the MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation on the Boston Harbor Islands, where she provided visitor education on the natural and human history of the area. Caroline has a degree in Environmental Studies and her education included a semester abroad in Panama where she conducted field research, and worked on a soil conservation research project involving Panamanian farmers. Caroline is excited to work in the field of food and farming, and will also support our outdoor classroom project at Frank Wagner Elementary, deliver field trip programming at Oxbow, and deliver in-class lessons in the winter. Caroline hopes to inspire nature connection, healthy eating, and stewardship with the young people she works with this year!