Former Staff and Students
Dina Kountoupes graduated from Macalester College in 1993 with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. She also studied environmental issues and followed that interest immediately after college to work in environmental education centers around the nation: in California, Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota. In 1996 she took her interest in the environment to the tropics of Costa Rica where she applied her Spanish skills to work at sustainable development research centers, sustainable farms, environmental education centers and a sea turtle research center. In 2000, she returned to Minnesota and began working in children’s gardens programs while pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Minnesota in environmental education, under the advisement of Dr. Karen Oberhauser. Her thesis project evaluated the MLMP program to learn more about how it could better serve a youth audience. Dina continues to work in the Monarch Lab at the University of MN, helping coordinate both the MLMP program as well as the Schoolyard Ecology Exploration (SEE) program.