Laurel has held the position of Education Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office, since 1994. As part of this position, she has traveled extensively in rural Alaska and has many years’ experience cooperating with communities and educators to develop and present place-based, culturally relevant education materials and programs. Laurel helped to develop the Alaska Natural Resource and Environmental Literacy Plan—a statewide effort to increase environmental education in all our schools. She also coordinates a youth track at the Alaska Forum on the Environment to bring Alaskan youth to the annual event to learn and network together. Laurel is the recipient of Alaska Conservation Foundation 2015 Conservation Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Laurel enjoys bicycling, bird watching, sea kayaking, and travel.