Alaina grew up in Portland, OR. She has experience working with kids through summer camps, nonprofits, and individual families. She also makes and sells digital art in her spare time. The California sun, opportunity to work with animals, and the emphasis on sustainable practices drew her to Hidden Villa. In addition, she was drawn to Hidden Villa by the hiking trails and the opportunity to foster youth’s connections to nature. She enjoys finding and identifying new and interesting plants and fungi on the Hidden Villa hiking trails. Alaina’s favorite mission-related book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.
Alaina Bensching (she/her)
Environmental Education Intern