Meet the Team & Tour the Facility
Meet the Suncoast Team
Planning a trip to Suncoast Youth Conservation Center or getting ready for an exciting week of summer camp? Meet the team ahead of time!
Assistant director Faye Johnston loves educating students and their grownups through conservation-focused field trip and summer camp programs. She’s been working in outdoor, experiential education for many years and finds the greatest fulfillment in watching students of all backgrounds experience Tampa Bay’s wildlife and natural resources. When she’s not at SYCC, Faye spends her time traveling, hiking, and indulging in the delicious food in her hometown, Tampa. She studied marine science at Florida Atlantic University and is currently working on her master’s degree in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology from Colorado State University.
Originally from the small town of Bellville, Ohio, Alexx first pursued a degree in Biology at Ohio State University before transferring to the University of South Florida (USF) for Marine Biology. During her time at USF, she researched tropical marine ecology as a NOAA scientific diver on the fringing reefs of Curaçao. As an educator at SYCC, Alexx’s goal is to use her voice, creativity, and passion for protecting the Rights of Nature to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards to act. During her free time, Alexx is a freelance mixed media artist with a particular interest in oil painting. She loves to scuba dive, spending as much time in or around the water as possible.
Julie loves all things marine science! She has a particular interest in shark and ray ecology, which were the topics of her master’s thesis. Julie earned her MS in Marine Conservation from the University of Miami and her BS in Environmental Science from Florida State University. She feels that outdoor education for youth is the perfect way for her to share her passion of conservation with those who will make a difference in the future. When she’s not working, Julie enjoys scuba diving, watching hockey, and going to the movies. She is so excited to be at Suncoast spending each day doing what she loves.
Take a Photo Tour of the Suncoast Facility
- 6,000 sq. ft. faciltiy surrounded by 20 acres of wetland habitat
- Close vicinity to Manatee Viewing Center
- Available for summer camp and field trips:
- Indoor and outdoor classrooms
- Wheelchair-accessible fishing pier
- Mangrove trails for fishing and paddle sports
- Shoreline for fishing
- Onsite restrooms and bus parking available for arranged visits
- Planning for a great day at Suncoast Youth Conservation Center: Campers and visitors should dress in “play clothes” and closed-toed shoes that will get wet and dirty. Please pack a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle, and be sure to send or apply sunscreen and insect repellent.
Help keep SYCC accessible for both humans and wildlife! The campus of the Florida Conservation & Technology Center is an important habitat for many types of wildlife and is visited by thousands of people each year. Please remember that all plant and animal life at Suncoast are protected, and that visitors may not pick plants, create new trails through the vegetation, or chase or harass wildlife. The only animals allowed on the Suncoast property are certified service animals.