David has worked as an environmental educator, classroom teacher, park ranger, and naturalist for over 40 years. He’s worked with Splash since 2003 and has loved every minute of it! His degree in biology and natural resources and extensive field experience have given David an intimate understanding of, and a deep love for, nature and wildlife. He is passionate about sharing nature with others, especially kids. His philosophy for outdoor science education is, “If the kids are having fun, then learning will happen naturally!”
In addition to being a naturalist and guide for Splash field trips, David manages the Splash in the Class program, which brings classroom presentations about stream life, water quality, and pollution prevention to students throughout Sacramento and El Dorado Counties. He also writes Splash’s popular Wildlife Wednesday Facebook posts each week and puts together Splash’s monthly e-newsletter.
When he’s not doing Splash work, David works at a bird banding station and he’s also a professional nature and wildlife photographer. His favorite critter around the vernal pools at Splash is the Western Meadowlark because of its delightful song, stunning plumage, and really cool nest. His favorite plant in the vernal pools is Vernal Pool Dodder because he’s fascinated by parasites.