Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Marianne Bird

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4-H Youth Development Advisor
Sacramento Office
4145 Branch Center Road
916-875-6423
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 875-6423
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Sacramento County

Biography

Since her time working as a summer camp counselor in college, Marianne Bird has been immersed in the world of program development and young people. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree (1982) in Human Development and her Masters of Science (1999) in Community Development. Before arriving at Cooperative Extension in 1998, Marianne spent 13 years working for Camp Fire Boys and Girls where she oversaw clubs, designed programs, and managed a large volunteer network. Her passion for youth-adult partnership grew from serving on Camp Fire's National Youth Empowerment Task Force. She has extensive experience working for and with after school programs, especially in the realm of science literacy. Marianne's research interests involve measuring program outcomes, and she oversaw the statewide 4-H camp evaluation project. She serves as Chair of the California 4-H Camping Advisory Committee. She spends much of her time administrating the 4-H program in the county, and bringing research and training to community collaborative projects and other youth-serving organizations. Her favorite activities still involve being with and working along side of young people.

Education

M.S. Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis. 1999

Awards

  • Special Recognition for Excellence in Rsearch in Practice
    Presented by American Camp Association,  2018
  • Excellence in Teamwork National Recognition
    Presented by National Association of Extension 4-H Agents,  2017
  • Regional Award Excellence In Camping--Team
    Presented by National Association of Extension 4-H Agents,  2017
  • Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Regional Award
    Presented by National Association of Extension 4-H Agents,  2015

Specialty

Program development, science literacy and work with after school programs, youth-adult partnership, camping and environmental education, volunteer and non-profit management.

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Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Worker, S. Iaccopucci, A., Bird, M., & Horowitz, M. (2018).  Promoting positive youth development through teenagers-as-teachers programs.  Poster presented at the 2018 ANR Conference, Ontario, CA.

  • Bird, M. & Coutellier, C. (2018).  Fire It Up!  In S.J. Horrillo, M Bird, & S. Worker (Eds.) Camp Activities With a Science Twist: Enhancing Your Camp Program with Fun STEM Experiences (63-75).  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.

  • Fabregas Janeiro, M.G.; Bird, M. (2018). What will it take to engage Latino youth and families? Paper presented at  17th Annual Conference Cambio de Colores, Change of Colors. Kansan City, Missouri, University of Missouri.

  • Fabregas Janeiro, M. G.; Bird, M. (2018). 4-H community clubs and the challenge of inclusion: The Isleton experience. Journal of Extension. 56:6. https://joe.org/joe/2018october/pdf/JOE_v56_6iw4.pdf
  • Lewis, Kendra M.; Ewers, Timothy; Miller, JoLynn C.; Bird, Marianne; Borba, John; Hill, Russell D.; Rea-Keywood, Jeannette; Shelstad, Nancy; Trzensiewski, Kali (2018). Addressing Retention in Youth Programs: A Survey for Understanding Families' Experiences. Journal of Extension. 56:3. June. https://joe.org/joe/2018june/pdf/JOE_v56_3tt3.pdf
  • Horrillo, S. J., Bird, M. & Worker, S. (Eds), 2018. Camp activities with a science twist: Enhancing your camp program with fun STEM experiences. Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.

  • Lewis, K; Bird, M.; Wilkins, T. (2018). Developing a Common Evaluation Tool for Camps. Journal of Youth Development.D. Bialeschki and L. Browne. 13:1-2, p. 306-315. http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/181301RES05
  • Dixon, T. & Bird, M. (2018).  Dutch Oven Cooking.  In S.J. Horrillo, M Bird, & S. Worker (Eds.) Camp Activities With a Science Twist: Enhancing Your Camp Program with Fun STEM Experiences (213-225).  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.

  • Bird, M. & Sellers, H. (2018).  Discovery Hikes.  In S.J. Horrillo, M. Bird, & S. Worker (Eds.) Camp Activities With a Science Twist: Enhancing Your Camp Program with Fun STEM Experiences (115-128).  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.

  • Sathrum, S., Dixon, T., & Bird, M. (2018).  Take Cover.  In S.J. Horrillo, M Bird, & S. Worker (Eds.) Camp Activities With a Science Twist: Enhancing Your Camp Program with Fun STEM Experiences (77-88).  Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning.

  • Bird, M.; Subramaniam, A. (2018). Teen Staff Perceptions of Their Development in Camp: Insights for Theory and Practice. Journal of Youth Development.D. Bialeschki and L. Browne. 13:1-2, 62-82. http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/181301FA04
  • Lewis, K; Bird, M; Borba, J; Nathaniel, K; Schoenfelder, E.. (2017). Teen Staff Experiences in California 4-H Camps. 2017 American Camp Association Research Forum Abstracts (pp. 19 – 21). Retrieved from http://www.acacamps.org/sites/default/files/resource_library/2017_ACA_Book_of_Abstracts.pdf

  • Miller, J., Lewis, K. M., Bird, M., Borba, J., Ewers, T., Hill, R., . . . Trzesniewski, K. (2016). The all important first impression: Parent & guardian perceptions of their first year in 4-H. Paper presented at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, New Orleans, LA.

  • Diaz Carrasco, C. P.; Bird, M. (2016). 4-H as a culturally responsive program: Building an afterschool 4-H program that engages Latino youth and parents in Sacramento, CA. Fifteenth Annual Conference. Cambio de Colores, Change of Colors. Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri. pp. 51-55. June 8-10. http://www.cambio.missouri.edu/Library/2017/2017_book.pdf
  • Bird, M; Borba, J.; Nathanial, K.; Portillo, M.; Boyes, R.; and Dogan, S. (2014). Lessons Learned in Utilizing ACA's Youth Outcomes Battery for Program Improvement. American Camp Association Research Forum.
  • Bird, M; Borba, J.; Nathanial, K. (2014). The Powerful Impact of Empowering Teens in Camp Program Planning and Delivery. International Camping Fellowship: 10th International Camping Congress Research Forum.
  • Bird, Marianne (2011). 4-H On the Wild Side. 4-H Science in urban communities promising practices guide.L. Blalock and C. Ripberger. Rutgers University: NJ.
  • Bird, Marianne (2011). 4-H On the Wild Side. National 4-H Programs of Distinction. National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 2011. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/family/sri/youthdev_pod_4h.html
  • Blalock, L.B.; Ripberger, C. (2011). 4-H Science in urban communities promising practices guide. Rutgers University: NJ.
  • Bird, M.; Subramaniam, A. (2011). Teens as Teachers Enhance Environmental Education and Personal Skills Through Service Learning. University of California: Davis, CA, Youth Development Research and Evaluation from the University of California Cooperative Extension 2001-2010, 32-29. 2011. http://www.ca4h.org/files/130750.pdf
  • Bird, Marianne; Coutellier, C.; Borba, J.; Horowitz, M. (2010). Counselor-in-Training: Encouraging Youth Development Outcomes at Camp. Monterey, CA, Healthy Learning. 2010.
  • Bird, Marianne; al., et (2007). Beyond Evaluation: Findings from the California 4-H Camp Study. Davis, CA, University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. 2007.
  • Bird, Marianne; Bradley, F.; James, J. (2007). Introduction to Poultry. Oakland, CA, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 2007.
  • Bird, Marianne (2005) Building Science Sleuths. Children, Families and Youth at Risk
  • Bird, Marianne (2005). "Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships For Stronger Programs." California Parks and Recreation 61(1): 36-37.
  • Bird, Marianne (2005) Making Real Life Experiences Real Learning Opportunities. Children, Families and Youth at Risk
  • Bird, Marianne (2005) Tips For Working With Teens as Partners. Children, Families and Youth at Risk
  • Bird, Marianne (2005). "Tips For Working With Teens As Partners." California Parks and Recreation 61(1): 38-39.
  • Bird, Marianne (2004) Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships for Stronger Programs. Children, Families and Youth at Risk
  • Bird, Marianne (2001). Seeds for Larger Service. Programs of Excellence 2001. Washington, DC, US Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. December 2001.
  • Bird, Marianne (2001). Youth Experiences in Science (YES) Project. Programs of Excellence 2001. Washington, DC, US Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. December 2001.

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