Meet our board
These are the people that dedicate their time and energy in keeping this chapter up and running.
Danielle de la Porte
A Stanislaus County native, Danielle was born and reared in Ceres. After high school, she attended UC Davis where she earned a BS in Evolution and Ecology. Danielle then hopped over to CSU Sacramento to complete a secondary science teaching credential as well as a MS in Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology.
For the next 16 years, She had the tremendous privilege of teaching science to middle school students across the nation: first in the Natomas neighborhood of Sacramento, then in New York City in Spanish Harlem and Washington Heights, and most recently in Marin.
About two years ago, her family moved to Modesto, and they immediately converted their front lawn to a native garden. Danielle is new to the native plant community but she has been thoroughly enjoying watching her garden plants grow and develop. Danielle has a two-year-old son, who is growing along with the native plants. He encourages their resilience with the ever so often light trampling; he’s an enthusiastic and energetic gardener.
Danielle's favorite native plants are manzanitas. She has a Sentinel in the front yard and a Louis Edmonds in the back. Danielle says she's also a sucker for California poppies sharing space with lupine.