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To get in touch email wildfirestowildflowers@gmail.com


Ildiko Polony

Nursery Manager, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery and Founder of Wildfires to Wildflowers

Born in Oakland, California, Ildiko has been a lifelong environmentalist. She focused most of her energy on advocacy for action on climate change, until she started gardening in her San Francisco backyard and discovered local wildlife.  Asking herself the question, “how can I foster the birds, bees, butterflies, and surprisingly diverse wildlife I see,” the answer came in planting locally adapted California native plants. She quickly became a native plant and habitat restoration enthusiast.  

She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies, with the thesis titled “Connecting People, Connecting Wildlife: A Bicycle Wildlife Corridor on Arguello Boulevard in San Francisco.” Ildiko was a collector and propagation specialist at Larner Seeds, has been a California native habitat landscaper, a coordinator for Nature in the City’s Backyard Native Nursery Network and San Bruno Mountain Watch’s Mission Blue Nursery Manager. She joined Literacy for Environmental Justice as the Native Plant Nursery Manager in 2017.

In 2019, Ildiko founded “Wildfires to Wildflowers: Restoring California Lands for Climate Stability,” a grassroots movement to implement Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order for a carbon negative California, through massive investment in community based habitat restoration.

Ildiko is also a modern dancer and aerialist.

Cat Ganson

Creative Director, Wildfires to Widlflowers

Cat creates transformational video content. 

He is very curious about telling stories that are vulnerable, so that our hearts are moved and we are reminded of our interconnectedness.