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!
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.
Annie moved to Morro Bay in June of 2017 to take a job at the County, where she manages the energy and water programs. Prior to moving to the Central Coast, Annie lived in Orange County. She hails from Wisconsin, and every now and then you can hear the Midwest slip out. She has a bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Policy and is finishing her graduate degree in Environmental Studies. Annie spends as much free time as she can in the Eastern Sierra, where she enjoys long, steep hikes deep into the back-country. She has hiked 100’s of miles in countries across the world. When she’s not in the Eastern Sierra or the beautiful trails the Central Coast has to offer, you can find her in the yoga studio, riding her bike, or walking her giant orange dog.
Adam was born and raised in Iowa, and has enjoyed moving and living in Florida, Seattle and Nashville before calling SLO home in 2015. He enjoys working with the community and loves the natural beauty of the Central Coast. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, camping, road trips, basketball and running, and of course long walks on the beach and trail. He looks forward to sharing with you the amazing history, culture and wildlife that SLO has to offer.
Sally is a longtime resident of the Central Coast, graduating from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and serving in many scientific capacities in the region. Sally started her professional career with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and also served as a naturalist for the Kern County Environmental Education Program before becoming a biologist at Pacific Gas and Electric. Sally’s work with PG&E included land management, marine science education, restoration, and biological surveys. In additional to her position as a board member for the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay, Sally volunteers her time with Central Coast State Parks Association, Central Coast Aquarium, and the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo.