Kirsten Barbera is a born and raised Marylander, who developed a love for the natural world through a childhood filled with family hikes and time outside. She has a special fondness for birds of all kinds, a love that began by watching birds at the feeder with her grandmother and grew through several internships working with endangered birds. She completed both a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science at UMBC, where she also ran cross country and track. Kirsten discovered her passion for environmental education as a naturalist at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, Maryland, where she also deepened her connection to the Chesapeake Bay. In her role as School Program Manager at AMM, she hopes to inspire students to fall in love with the Bay like she has, and to give them the tools they need to help protect it. In her free time, you can find Kirsten chasing new birds for her life list, or running with her husband, Dylan.