Outdoor programming and leadership, adventure education, youth development, recreation land management, wilderness studies, evaluation methods and techniques, race/culture, and gender issues.
Research and Evaluation
Lower Cost Coastal Accommodations Program. AB250 (Apr-Sept. 2018). Final Report Support the CA Coastal Conservancy, Coastal Commission, & CA State Parks to prepare a lower cost coastal accommodations assessment containing specified information relating to specific opportunities to improve existing, and generate new, lower cost coastal accommodations.
Research Associates: Audree Jones-Taylor, President & Principle Consultant, Simply Re-Creating Enterprise, & Dr. Paige Viren, Assistant Professor, SFSU Dept. Recreation, Parks, & Tourism
Research Assistant, Lindsey Marsh
San Mateo County Parks Department – Visitor Use/Non-Use Study (2015-16)
Final Report | Project intro sheet | Literature Review | Press Release
Research Associates, Ruby Turalba, MPH, Lecturer, Health Education Dept. & Dr. Patrick Tierney, Dept of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism
Student Research Assistants, Ryan Tachibana, Environmental Studies and Lindsey Marsh, Psychology
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station – Media & Communications Project in Collaboration with BAYCAT (2013-15).
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Nancy (“Sami”) Reist, SFSU Broadcast Electronic Communications; Dr. Kristen Pozzoboni, Child & Adolescent Development
Graduate Research Assistant, Tanvi Sikand, Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts
- Project intro sheet: Awakening and Strengthening the Connection of Urban Youth to the Land. Final Report – June 2015: “Outside Your Door: Young Producers Bridge the Divide between Urban Youth and Public Lands” ~ (Note: This PDF report is 6MB & includes hyperlinks to external sources. Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this report).
- World Premiere of “Outside Your Door” – 13 short videos by youth media producers immersed in this project as they connect with parks and nature through outdoor recreation!
- Research Study Process Video (19:51 min) completed by BAYCAT.
- Literature Review and Infographic (methodology)
East Bay Regional Park District, Youth Engagement Strategy (2014)
Final Strategic Plan
Graduate Research Assistant: Tanya Rao. Special Consultant: Dr. Mary Fortune, Dept. of Recreation, Hospitality, & Tourism, CSU/East Bay
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) Program – “Car-Less CA”
Work with inter-agency California team of NPS, USFS, BLM, USFWS, and other university partners to address the challenge of increasing vehicular congestion in and around national parks, forests, and other federal lands and increase access for recreational use by underserved communities. Final Report – December 2012
Breaking down cultural & economic barriers to youth participation in the outdoors: An NPS Collaborative (2011). Assist inter-agency collaboration comprised of the National Park Service (Yosemite National Park), WildLink/Naturebridge, ARC/UC Berkeley and others to explore new ways of providing park outreach and engagement programming of underserved and under-resourced communities. Designed and develop a youth survey to investigate barriers, motivations, & values. (Funded, in part, by the Stewardship Council).Youth & Nature Literature Review, April 2012. Final Report – November 2012.
Empowering Today’s Teenagers through Opportunities in the Golden Gate National Parks: A Document Analysis (2009). Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders, Project WISE, Teens on Trails, LINC, and the Oceana High School Nursery Program. Final Briefing
Graduate Research Assistants: Allison Hughes, Dept. of Geography and Steven Rossi, Dept of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism.
Camping at the Presidio: Exploring the Impacts of an Urban Camping Experience for Underserved Youth (2nd Season, 2008). An inter-agency partnership: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy & Crissy Field Center, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Presidio Trust, and Bay Area Wilderness Training. Final Report – January 2009
Graduate Research Assistant: Allison Hughes, Department of Geography
Camping at the Presidio: Exploring the Impacts of an Urban Camping Experience for Underserved Youth (Pilot year, 2007).
Project Highlights (1-pg review) | Final Report – May 2008
Graduate Research Assistant: Allison Hughes, Department of Geography
Project WISE: Watersheds Inspiring Student Education – 2nd year evaluation
A program of the Crissy Field Center, the Urban Watershed Project, and Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. Final Report – July 2008.
Research Assistant: Arjuna Sayyed, Department of Child & Adolescent Development
Project WISE: Watersheds Inspiring Student Education (year 1)
Final Report – July 2007 | Executive Summary – July 2007 | Project Highlights (1-pg review)
Student Research Assistant: Arjuna Sayyed, Department of Child & Adolescent Development
Non-Visitor Use Constraints Study (NPS) – An Exploration of Issues through Focus Groups Sponsored by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Final Report – March 2007 | Executive Summary – March 2007 | Project Highlights (1-pg)
Graduate Research Assistant: Raphael Crawford-Marks, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Through the Eyes of Youth: Experience with Programs at the Crissy Field Center (2007) Sponsored by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy & Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Final Report | Executive Summary | Project Highlights (1-pg)
Graduate Research Assistant: Roman Iacobucci, Dept. of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism
The Impacts of the National Green Corps Program (Eco-clubs) on Students and their Participation in Environmental Education Activities (2006). A Fulbright study funded by the U.S. Educational Foundation in India and the Indo-American Environmental Leadership Program, Final Report. Research Associate: Sirisha Indukuri
PROGRAM PARTNERS AND CONTRACTING AGENCIES
- Bayview Center for Art & Technology (BAYCAT)
- Crissy Field Center
- East Bay Regional Park District
- Galileo Academy of Science & Technology (Environmental Science Pathway)
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Marin County Parks & Open Space
- National Park Service
- Resources Legacy Fund
- San Mateo County Parks Department
- The Presidio Trust
- Urban Watershed Project
- U.S. Forest Service – Pacific Southwest Region
“Nina is perhaps one of the most influential researchers in this work. She has contributed to change-making nationally about how park leaders engage and build constituencies that are representative of our broader community. As a professor at San Francisco State, she has continued to deliver meaningful research that has direct application to the ways in which parks consider access, design, and engagement…Nina is perhaps one of the most passionate people I know in this work, and she has an AMAZING network.”
Sharon Farrell, Executive Vice President–
Projects, Stewardship & Science Director
One Tam Initiative, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy