Laura Taylor

woman in straw hat in forest with yellow neck bandanaAs Conservationist & Education Coordinator, Laura manages field monitoring and data collection efforts for the District’s rural conservation projects, provides expertise on plants and pollinators, and develops maps and conservation plans. She also provides support to schools and community groups for projects ranging from edible and native gardens to environmental science programing. Laura has been a member of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee since 2018, and served as the District’s Field Intern Program Supervisor for the 2019 and 2020 field seasons.

Laura has worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations including The Nature Conservancy, the environmental consulting company Tetra Tech, and the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, where she provided botanical and ecological technical support. Laura earned her B.S. in botany and forest ecology from Evergreen State College, and her M.S. in invasive plant ecology from Portland State University. Laura has been an active volunteer for Friends of Trees and Metro’s Native Plant Center. In her free time, she loves to garden, cook, and go for hikes and bike rides.

You can reach Laura at 503.238.4775, ext. 112 and