Meet the Docents
There are currently 8 volunteers leading hikes as part of the SLO Stewards Docent Program
Seth was born in SLO, and has since lived outside of Portland, Oregon (for nine years), and near Yosemite (for five years), but he calls the central coast his home. Seth loves to be outside, and if he has any free time, he schedules something to do. He enjoys trail running, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, skydiving, obstacle course racing, softball, flag football and brewing beer. Although an avid runner, don’t worry because he always hikes at the groups pace. Seth enjoys taking friends and family out on hikes or backpacking trips year round, and would love to see you out on the trails one day. Seth is especially interested in working to bring students out on guided hikes!
To read about some of Seth’s recent hikes, click here!
Carolyn is a member of the Board of Directors at ECOSLO. After hiking for two years at the monthly ECOSLO hikes, she took over as lead docent in January 2014. Now, with a new group of docents to lead the hikes, she will be taking a turn at being “sweep” and taking photographs during the hikes. She enjoys introducing people, locals and visitors alike, to the native plants and animals in the SLO area. Carolyn recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College, after earning an Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Science and Math at Cuesta College.
To read about some of Carolyn’s recent hikes, click here!
Evan moved to San Luis Obispo 20 years ago after growing up in Southern California. For the past 16 years he has worked as a naturalist teaching/mentoring both youth and adults in our community. He began his naturalist journey while working as an AmeriCorps volunteer with many local non-profit organizations, including the Land Conservancy of SLO and ECOSLO, with the aim of getting kids involved in habitat restoration projects. In 2012 he became a certified California Naturalist through the UC California Naturalist Program. He enjoys sharing skills including animal tracking, botany, ethnobotany (traditional uses of plants), and primitive wilderness skills. He describes his hikes with children as “slow paced wanders” but always paces the hike with the group’s desire.
Dale was born and raised in Western NY, moved to the bay area and then to SLO in 2015. Growing up he spent summers hiking creeks, swimming, playing sports and water-skiing. Since moving to the central coast, he loves exploring the beauty of the area and meeting others that appreciate being outdoors. On his hikes Dale is always spotting an array of flowers and plants while respecting the home of the animals. You will probably hear a story or two about local history, influential citizens, and how they all co-exist with our open spaces. He looks forward to seeing you on the trail!
Chris is a longtime outdoorsman who grew up in San Diego County and has lived in San Luis Obispo County for nearly 15 years. In addition to obtaining BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly SLO, he has worked for and volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, SLO County Parks, and UC Berkeley Forestry, as well as spent several years working in the hotels and restaurants in Yosemite. He looks forward to seeing you on the trail!
Katie moved to SLO in 2015 from Colorado after having visited the Central Coast for many years. She grew up skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and camping and has climbed numerous peaks in Colorado. Katie has a Masters in Natural Resources and has worked in the Environmental Sciences field for over 20 years. With a passion for the outdoors and desire to learn the natural history of the Central Coast, Katie seizes the opportunity to meet new people and talk shop about the natural world that being a docent offers.
Sue moved to California from Boulder, Colorado in 2012. She grew up in Maryland and hiked on family vacations in western Maryland and Maine. She moved to Colorado after college where she climbed peaks , skied (downhill and back-country), and hiked the Rockies. She also enjoys cycling and kayaking. Sue loves to be outside, especially in the scenic hills of SLO and the natural diversity of its woodlands, chaparral, and grasslands.
Jim moved to California from Boulder, Colorado in 2012. He grew up in Colorado where he skied, climbed numerous peaks, and backpacked in several wilderness areas. He has hiked in forty countries, including a four-week camping expedition in east Africa. Jim has a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and enjoys discussing land use history and open space preservation.