Meet the Staff

Beverly Gingg

Oak Education Manager

Bev Gingg grew up on a Paso Robles area cattle ranch where she developed a lifelong passion for outdoor learning and biology. Beverly earned an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly in 1989 and has been involved in community leadership and science education, in the classroom and outdoors, for nearly 40 years. She began as a junior high science teacher in 1982 and still loves teaching and mentoring young people today, especially out in nature where there are endless wonders to be discovered. Her greatest joy is in seeing these kids grow up to be natural leaders who practice stewardship and inspire others to care for nature, too. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, gardening and time with friends.

Abigail Craig

School Coordinator

Abigail Craig spent her childhood in Sonoma where she enjoyed the intimate moments of small town life connected to nature and community. While studying Geography and Anthropology at Cal Poly and to the present, she has made it her mission to get to know her expansive backyard that is the Central Coast. Abigail loves biking, climbing, and backpacking, as well as farmers’ markets, wildflowers, and backyard dinner parties made from foraged foods. She believes nature-connection is one of the most important things we can do to care for our fragile planet and is thrilled to encourage and empower youth to develop a relationship with the land and share their knowledge with others.

Alex Zewiski

Field Coordinator

Alex spent her early childhood exploring nature around Edmonds, WA, and later in San Clemente, CA, where she enjoyed surfing, fishing, and snorkeling. Through various young adult experiences, she realized her passion for connecting people with the outdoors and saw the benefits of how land conservation builds community. Alex graduated from Cal Poly in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Science in Environmental Management and Protection with Minors in Anthropology, Global Geography, and Indigenous Studies. Favorite activities include listening to live music, arts & crafts, and traveling. Exploring other cultures continually fascinates Alex and reenergizes her spirits. Her favorite adventure buddy to explore with is her dog, Lyzzi.