Carmen Aurrecoechea

Cabrillo National Monument

Carmen Aurrecoechea (Ow-ray-ko-ay-chay-uh) was born and raised in San Diego, California and has been a student of its resources ever since. Her passion for parks was fostered from a young age going camping and hiking with family and friends. She first got her hands dirty while studying Geography at San Diego State University with an internship at a local non-profit, San Diego Canyonlands. Here, she was afforded the opportunity to learn first hand what can be achieved through the hard work of habitat restoration as well as grassroots organization and community partnerships. After graduating and a brief stint backpacking in New Zealand and Australia, she returned to San Diego and has spent the last four and a half years as a Park Interpretive Specialist at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in the mountains of Eastern San Diego County. Joining Cabrillo National Monument as the Community Volunteer Ambassador she looks forward to reconnecting with the coastal communities she grew up in. You will always find her with camera in hand (she is an avid photographer), admiring the natural splendor that is ever present in the county, and sharing the enjoyment of both with whomever will listen.