Centers and Sanctuaries

Evelyn Serrano Named Director of Audubon Center at Debs Park

Seasoned science educator will oversee programs and operations at Montecito Heights urban oasis


(Los Angeles, May 10, 2023)—Evelyn Serrano has been appointed director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park in Montecito Heights. Serrano joined Audubon last year as manager of public programs at the facility, where she designed programs and activities for visiting families and conducted outreach to local youth. She replaces outgoing director Marcos Trinidad. 

Serrano came to the Audubon Center at Debs Park directly from 12 years conducting outreach programs at the California Science Center, where she developed and managed four separate educational initiatives and greatly expanded the museum’s virtual programs. She holds degrees in marine biology and conservation biology. 

The Audubon Center at Debs Park is a unique and beautiful place,” said Serrano. “It’s an emerald in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country, and it’s been a privilege to see how it inspires residents of surrounding communities to connect with nature. I’m excited to build on the amazing work of past Center staff and making Debs even more a part of the lives of the people who live here.” 

In addition to restoring habitat for bird and other wildlife at Debs Park and along the L.A. River, the Center’s primary goal is restoring the connection between people and the land in Los Angeles. As the first center that Audubon built within an urban environment to specifically engage the Latino community, the Audubon Center at Debs Park has played an important role in building a more diverse and inclusive conservation movement here in Los Angeles and beyond. In addition to actively participating in community outreach and L.A. River restoration efforts, the Center is home to the recently-expanded Los Nogales Native Plant Nursery, operated in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation, which supplies California native plants to public landscaping and habitat restoration efforts. 

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Jason Howe,; 415-595-9245 

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The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety. 


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