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.

Shea Scribner | Oxbow Education Assistant Manager

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 | Kids’ Farm Coordinator

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. 

Hannah Palm | Horticulture Educator

Hannah discovered her passion for nature in the forests of the Olympic peninsula. Born and raised in the pacific northwest Hannah has always been drawn to natural places and the wildlife of the region. Continuing that passion, Hannah obtained a B.S. in evolution, ecology and conservation biology from the University of Washington. After graduating she began to learn about the connections between environmental conservation, food systems and the need for holistic environmental education. That journey has brought her to Oxbow with a love of plants, permaculture, herbal medicine, and sharing those passions with the next generation.

Emma Pesis | Environmental Education Program Coordinator

Yet another one of those California transplants, Emma’s passion for garden and farming only deepened when she moved away from her home in agricultural Davis, CA, to the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Willamette University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and later an M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from Portland State University, and hunkered down into garden and farm programmatic development in Salem and Portland, Oregon. More recently, Emma deepened her knowledge in the Next Generation Science Standards and inquiry- and place-based learning from her time working for IslandWood. She has spent the past year developing framework resources, lessons, and guidance for school teachers, administrators, and community organizations around the Puget Sound and Olympic School Districts. Thrilled to be back on a farm, Emma is looking forward to supporting all young hearts as they continue to build their sense of place and self at Oxbow.

Catherine Allemann | AmeriCorps Food Educator

Catherine was hatched in the suburbs of Seattle and spent her childhood exploring the state from the islands of the Salish Sea to the high desert of central Washington. She then spread her wings and flew to the east coast to attend Boston University where she earned a degree in economics and public health, taking special interest in how human systems interact with the environment. She had the opportunity to learn from sustainable agriculture and garden-based education programs all over the state while working at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources which solidified her desire to help children connect with their food!  After four years of missing the mountains and trees, Catherine is so excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest serving at Oxbow and learning from the OxEd team!