Our Team

Here is a little bit of information on who we are, what we do and how to contact us!


Sara Stockwood posing with baby goats

Sara Stockwood

Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship & Lillian Anderson Arboretum
sara.stockwood@kzoo.edu
Office: Dewing 004D

Sara began working with the Center for Environmental Stewardship in 2019 at the official start of the Center. From 2013-2018, Sara was the Assistant Director of Outdoor Programs and Lillian Anderson Arboretum at K. She completed her undergraduate degree in Resource & Agribusiness Management from the University of Maine and a Master’s in Recreation Management from Texas State University.

Fall 2021 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1-3pm in Dewing 004D

Certifications and trainings:

  • Wilderness Emergency Medicine Technician
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Michigan Conservation Steward
  • Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities Wilderness Medicine Instructor
  • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor
  • Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2)

Environmental Leader Corps

Guen Baierle K'24

Guen Baierle K’24

Environmental Stewardship Intern

Major: Biology Concentration: Environmental Studies

“I am excited to be working with the Center for Environmental Stewardship because I believe that conserving natural resources and protecting nature is vital in keeping our homes safe and us happy and healthy.

Kayla Carlson K'22

Kayla Carlson K’22

Environmental Stewardship Intern

Major: Economics Minor: Anthropology & Sociology Concentration: Environmental Studies

Ian Hurley, K'23

Ian Hurley K’23

Environmental Stewardship Intern

Major: Biology Concentration: Environmental Studies

“In the past few years, I have been educated on the jarring urgency and proximity of the incoming irreversibility of our climate crisis, so I want to help guide our community toward a future that exercises sustainability in an ethical, equitable manner; therefore, I am incredibly excited to work with CES to facilitate this movement!”

Gabby Riaz K'24

Gabby Riaz K’24

Gardens & Growing Spaces Intern

Major: Biology Concentration: Environmental Studies

“I’ve always had a love for plants and nature. Whenever I’m stressed I cope by taking care of my plants or going on a walk. Doing this I’ve built an understanding of and relationship with organisms that are different than humans. Through working with the Center for Environmental Stewardship and studying Biology and Environmental Studies here at K, I’m hoping to learn how to conserve the surroundings that I love for generations ahead and to help others bond to nature as I have.”

Rina Talaba K'22

Rina Talaba K’22

Arboretum & GIS Intern

Major: Biology Minor: Anthropology & Sociology Concentration: Environmental Studies

“My work with CES helped me put into fruition my passions for ecological research, environmental justice, and conservation. I am an ecologist both as a hobbyist and as a student, but I aspire to make it my profession. I spend my time in K College trying to make ecology and sustainability accessible to all students, not just those with privilege. Now that I have spent almost 3 years studying and researching in the Lilian Anderson Arboretum, I hope to instill in others a love and appreciation for natural spaces!”

Interested in applying to be part of the Environmental Leader Corps?
Positions will be posted in 
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Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee

The Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee meets regularly throughout the academic year and consists of the following Kalamazoo College faculty members, staff and students:

  • Alison Geist, Director of the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement, Director Community and Global Health
  • Binney Girdler, Professor of Biology, Director of Environmental Studies
  • Amy Newday, Director of the Writing Center
  • Susan Lindemann, Director of Facilities Management
  • Sara Stockwood, Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship & Lillian Anderson Arboretum