Marysia Borucinska-Begg

Assistant Director

Marysia (she/hers) originally hails from Nipmuck and Pequot-Mohegan territories of Northeastern Quinnehtukqut. Her childhood was painted by the lush Fenton River valley’s fish hidden in stream bends, soft moss-laden rocks, and dusk coyote songs. These forested forays cemented a bonded love for the natural world.

She earned degrees in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut, with a focus on conservation ecology and eco-justice. In 2018, she received a NSF grant to study the importance of connecting natural and cultural history in educational materials throughout parks and public-protected lands in Chile. It was in those temperate rainforests of the subantarctic that Marysia’s path crossed with Biocitizen leaders Jesse and Vicente. Connecting with them offered an opportunity to continue focusing on place based education. After leading Our Place, CLAWS overnights, and program development in Western Massachusetts, she joined the Los Angeles team in the Fall of 2020!

Behind the scenes, Marysia is excited to be growing our urban program depths, community, and accessibility. She continues to engage with her founding joys in the field by helping building connections between teachers, students, and the overlooked cultural histories and co-inhabitants of these outdoor classrooms. Her favorite magic trick? Sharing a slash of water with sleepy mosses so they stand upright and expose the bright colors to goblet-like reproductive structures of bryophytes. Her inspiration? The power of respectful relationships with ourselves, and other humans, in learning how to communicate with our ecosystems – a powerful practice at a time when such critical reconnections could fundamentally shift how we react to the social and ecological disasters of the climate crisis. Her outlook on life? She’s a spirited optimist and hopes to share that energy with the next generation. 

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