Abrams, Scott- Astronomy presenter (here)
Battagin, Jim- Botany presenter (here)
Cawley, Ken- Water presenter (here)
De Lasaux, Mike- Course Leader and Forestry presenter (here)
TBD- Energy & Global Issues presenter (here)
Dillingham, Colin- Wildlife presenter (here)
Gardiner, Kelby- Geology & Soil presenter (here)
Silver, Rich- Course Leader and Interpreter...Interpretation & EcoPsychology presenter (here)
Verdoorn, Dirk- Weather presenter (here)
Wade, Rob- Course Leader and Naturalist, Interpretation presenter (here)
Affiliation: Butterfly Botanical Consultants
Background: Jim has lived and worked in Plumas County as a botanist since 1977. He worked for the USFS until 1996 in various positions including District Botanist for the Mount Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest. He has been the owner and lead botanist for Butterfly Botanical Consultants since 1996, working for multiple public and private entities. He has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of California Berkeley, and is an “Elder” in the Council of Native Grass practitioners.
Affiliation: Retired, Feather River College and US Forest Service
Background: Ken has a Master's Degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. He worked as a forest hydrologist and watershed specialist for the US Forest Service and as a private consultant until 1998 when he took a faculty position at Feather River College. Now retired, he consults and teaches on a part-time basis.
I am excited to collaborate with Rob and Rich on the new California Naturalist adult educational program to improve environmental literacy.
Affiliation: University of California Cooperative Extension in Plumas and Sierra Counties.
Title: Natural Resources Advisor
Background: I am a California Registered Professional Forester with a BS in natural resources management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MS in Agriculture Science also from Cal Poly.
Since coming to Cooperative Extension in Plumas and Sierra Counties in 1992 I have had the good fortune to be involved in many highly recognized educational and applied research endeavors. These include the co-founding and development of the Forestry Institute for Teachers (www.forestryinstitute.org), Quincy Library Group (www.qlg.org), Plumas County Fire Safe Council (www.plumasfiresafe.org) and the Highway 89 Stewardship Team (http://sagehen.ucnrs.org/HWY-89/index.htm).
I was recognized as a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters (saf.org) and in 2013 I was recognized by the California Board of Forestry for the Francis H. Raymond Award.
Dillingham, Colin- Wildlife presenter
Affiliation: Mount Hough Ranger District, Plumas national Forest
Title: Wildlife Biologist
Background: Colin has a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. He has worked for the US Forest Service since 1988. He began his career in Oregon as a wildlife biologist until 2001, when he moved to the Plumas National Forest as a botanist for 5 years, an ecologist for 5 years, before finally returning to his roots as a wildlife biologist in 2012.
Affiliation: Mount Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest
Title: District Hydrologist
Background: Born in Fort Bragg, CA and raised in northern Sonoma County Kelby learned to love big forests and small town living. He worked for the Department of Water Resources in Oroville monitoring the Chinook Salmon lifecycle while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences at CSU Chico; Graduated with BS in 2005. Kelby has been a Plumas County resident and PNF Hydrologist and Soils specialist since 2005.
Affiliation: University of Earth
Contact: email@example.com 530 368-6325
Background: I served as a California State Park Ranger for nearly 29 years and have a BS in a special major Mind and Nature, a MA in Counseling and Educational Psychology and an ABD in Applied Ecopsychology.
During my ranger career I created several environmental and eco-educational programs within and outside of State Parks including The Endangered Species Faire (one of the oldest and longest standing community environmental events in the nation). The Many Voices of the American River & The Spirit of the Sierra programs were created specifically for training naturalists, guides and teachers in the art of nature education.Additionally, I taught interpretive principles for a number of years at our state park training facility at Asilomar in Monterey CA.
I currently serve as the director of the nature-based wisdom school University of Earth offering courses in Ecopsychology and human development.
Affiliation: KCRA Sacramento, CA
Background: Dirk grew up in Lodi, California and gained a deep love of the outdoors through scouting. After studying and working out of state he returned to California in 2000 to work as a meteorologist for KCRA, an NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Dirk has a B.S. in Meteorological Sciences from the University of Utah.
Affiliation: Plumas Unified School District
Title: Outdoor Education Program Coordinator