Former State Beach Park scholar now children’s book author | News

For years at Carpinteria State Beach, Park Interpretation Specialist Leanne Roth was the face of many state park community events. Since retiring last year, Roth has focused on writing and illustrating children’s books. CVN recently caught up with her to learn more about her years at the state park and her new career as a writer and artist.

NCV: How long did you work at Carpinteria State Beach and what was your role there?

Leanne Roth: I worked at Carpinteria State Beach for 12 years. I was hired as a park assistant then due to my previous experience with children as an after school instructor at the Montecito Union School, assistant for the Carpinteria School District and guide at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, I applied for and got the position of Park Interpretation Specialist. I planned and implemented the junior ranger program, tidal pool trips, campfire programs, school trips and other programs.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in working for California State Parks and in particular, Carpinteria State Beach?

There are job openings at Carpinteria State Beach. Becoming a park helper is a wonderful customer service job and a gateway to many other options at state parks. It’s a great place to become office technicians, interpreters, senior park helpers, rangers, biologists, and more. As a park helper you can choose the days you are available and it works great with school hours.

Why did you decide to retire?

I have decided to retire because the projects I work on will require dedicated creative time. I’m working on my fourth illustrated children’s book and I have some ideas for creating an educational game that would inspire and be fun when learning a new language. I also plan to produce art and science kits for kids that will be available on Etsy.

Tell us about your latest post.

I recently finished my third book, “Sea Turtle’s Wish”, which is inspired by my walks on the beach, and seeing “left behind” objects being swept into the ocean by the rising tide. The book is about a sea turtle whose friends get picked up by a rogue bucket.

The previous book is called “Scrub Jay Cafe”. This book was inspired by a scrub jay that lives in my garden. I feed her peanuts and she will even fly home to get them. One day I thought, I wonder what the scrub jay was going to feed me? I get a lot of “ew” when I read that one to kids. Who wants a rollie pollie in their guacamole?

CVN: Where can someone buy your books?

My books are for sale on Amazon in softcover or hardcover. (Leanne Roth Books will take you to the page). “Scrub Jay Café” is also on sale at the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens.

Grover Z. Barnes