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Come join us to learn about water conservation techniques, native plants in landscaping and so much more!


Come check out our community gardens at this free family event!



The Endangered Species Faire is a free event for all ages that teaches, entertains and inspires! Come join us! 


Come out and help us clean up our local Chico creeks! 

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Natalie Carter

Natalie Carter, Executive Director
Natalie has lived in Chico since she moved here as a child in 1991. Growing up in Chico, Natalie developed a deep rooted connection to the environment and community.  She earned her degree in General Biology from CSU Chico in 2009. After graduating she gained a range of experiences working with a variety of seasonal research and environmental education programs.
Since 2012 Natalie has worked for the Chico Certified Farmers Market (CCFM), helping to bring fresh locally grown food directly to the communities in our region. Working with the CCFM she prioritized building connections with the community by seeking out community partnerships, attending community meetings, and bringing improved customer services/experiences to the Farmers Markets.
An active voice in her community, Natalie served as treasurer for the Honey Covered Bridge Association in 2013 and 2014, and is currently serving on the Chico Natural Food Cooperative Board of Directors. She is eager to take on BEC’s legacy as a champion for the needs of our community, to defend its resources, and to make a meaningful difference as a representative for our land, air, and water.
She is passionate about the environment and loves being in nature. She believes that passing her passion on to others is the best way to ensure our natural resources are protected for the future. 

Katie BeesonBusiness Manager

Katie came to BEC with a desire to be a part of a grassroots organization that effects positive change to combat the effects of climate change. Having a background in French from UC Santa Barbara, her experience with work in environmental sustainability comes simply from her personal passion for wildlife and from a personal desire to reduce her carbon footprint and waste. As Business Manager, Katie's role is to assist the Executive Director in most everything, manage donor relations and fundraising campaigns, handle organizational finances and assist in event planning.
Katie's other passions include spending time with her animals (she has two cats and one dog), attending comic conventions, traveling the world, and Star Wars!

Becky HoldenAssistant Director & Interim Watershed Coordinator

Former program Coordinator for Energy Upgrade California & Recycling And Rubbish Education (RARE)

Becky graduated from Chico State with a Bacherlor's degree in Biology. She began volunteering for BEC in 2012, and was hired in 2014.  

Becky coordinated our Energy Upgrade California Ambassador Program, and gave presentations to community groups, and tabled at local events including the Salmon Festival, Butte County Fair, and the Endangered Species Faire.  Energy Upgrade California educates Butte County residents about two very important topics: energy efficiency and water conservation.
Becky also coordinated our Recycling And Rubbish Education (RARE) program, which presented recycling and composting workshops to K – 12 classrooms throughout Butte County, and oil recycling presentations to high school auto shop classes. Remember to follow the 4 R’s: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot!”

Lexi Thornton, Program Coordinator for the Oak Restoration Project and the Community Gardens

Lexi has returned to her hometown of Chico to join BEC after graduating from CSU Monterey Bay with a B.S. in Environmental Science.  Being a part of an organization that directly influences positive  change in her hometown was exactly the kind of opportunity she was looking for after graduating. She is now the coordinator for both the Oak Restoration Program and the Community Gardens.  Her past experiences include internships for the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.  She will be continuing her education in the fall at CSU Chico by joining the Master's Program for Environmental Science, where she hopes to gain more experitise in restoration efforts that consider climate change projections.

Lexi's personal interests include any kind of arts and crafts, traveling, and her garden.



BEC Consultant

Carol Perkins, Water Policy Advocate
Carol is a local water resource advocate who recently completed her Master’s in Environmental Science with a focus on watersheds and surface and ground water geochemistry. Carol has an interest in sustainable policies and practices in agriculture, landscape, and development as they relate to water conservation and resource protection that drives her efforts over the last seven years as a water resource advocate. Carol has been instrumental in helping shape policy and activities in Butte County more founded in science.  Carol has worked with BEC as an independent contractor since 2008. 



Our team of interns also make up a valuable part of the BEC team each semester.  If you are interested in an internship with BEC, please contact our office or click here to learn more about our internship program and how you can get involved.