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Jackie Milligan

Jackie Milligan

Marine Science Educator

As Marine Science Educator, Jackie supports all school and youth programs at Ke Kai Ola on Hawai‘i Island, including the Nā Kōkua o ke Kai middle school program and the upper elementary Monk Seal Moʻolelo program. Jackie helps develop and deliver curriculum and assists with youth events at various community locations island-wide. 

Prior to joining The Marine Mammal Center, Jackie worked as Education Coordinator for the Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative where she developed and led the place-based Future Foresters afterschool program that connected keiki (kids) with native forest ecosystems and watershed health in Hawaiʻi. 

Jackie has been an informal environmental educator inspiring children to develop deeper relationships with their natural world for the past 12 years, lending her expertise to various nonprofit organizations and youth communities in Hawaiʻi, Florida and California. 

While earning her B.S. in Marine Biology from Sonoma State University, Jackie spent her Saturdays at The Marine Mammal Center as a volunteer prepping fish smoothies and tube-feeding elephant seal pups. Jackie is proud to be a haumana (student) of Hālau ʻŌhiʻa, a renowned stewardship program taught by Kumu Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaole that focuses on deepening pilina (relationship) with place through native Hawaiian cultural practices and language.  

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys dancing to Lizzo, being silly with her toddler and creating funky illustrations inspired by the native Hawaiian plant and animal species she loves so much.