KLAMATH OUTDOOR SCIENCE SCHOOL

Inspiring a deep appreciation for natural resources, community, and the arts through hands-on outdoor education

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MEET OUR BOARD

Our Board of Directors consists of a dedicated volunteer group comprised of professional educators, natural resource managers, and other community members giving their time and talents to the organization. The members are very active in school program development and carry out much of the work with operating Klamath Outdoor Science School. Board members are also involved in strategic planning, fundraising, and other outreach activities.



MEET OUR STAFF



    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

      Marjorie Glass, President
    One of the founders of Klamath Outdoor Science School, Marj has been on the board since its inception. In addition to her presidential duties, she is also KOSS’s grant writer. She was the Talented and Gifted Program coordinator and teacher for Klamath County School District until her retirement in 2014, after which she worked part-time for three years for Klamath Falls City Schools in their after-school programs. Marj holds degrees in both wildlife biology and elementary education and has worked many seasons as a naturalist for the National Park Service. She has had extensive experience with both formal and informal education. She is a former board member of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and conducts workshops for teachers and informal educators as a facilitator for the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).

      Ron Crete, Vice President
    Ron Crete was born and raised in North America.  His French Voyageur blood has taken him all over the place and he’s still circling nature like a swam of curiosity.  His career was in conservation biology for the US Fish and Wildlife Service focusing mainly on endangered species and their recovery. He now lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon and has the distinct pleasure of serving at the pleasure of the Klamath Outdoor Science School, his local band of poets, his mandolin, the Oregon Trust Fund via the Klamath County Cultural Coalition, the Oregon Extension Services Master Naturalist Program and his mate Sherry. He likes to walk and pay attention.

    Jacky Friedman, Secretary
    Jacky has been the manager of IFA Nurseries, Inc., Klamath Falls Nursery since 2001. IFA Nurseries, Inc. grows 35 million forestry seedlings annually for private reforestation projects in the Pacific Northwest. Jacky holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree (Honors) & a Diploma in Forestry from the University of Wales, U.K. She is an active volunteer, working with several partners to encourage outdoor activities for children in the Klamath Basin. Through her work, Jacky is familiar with many local contractors & businesses in the Klamath area. Jacky has been a KOSS Board Member since Spring of 2015.

      Leslie Hartley Lowe, Treasurer
    Leslie retired on January 31, 2020 from a 40 year career as a licensed marriage and family counselor and a 24 year career as a Klamath County Court family mediator.  Her community involvement includes: Klamath Wingwatchers as a volunteer for many years and as Board President since 2010; Migratory Bird Day for well over 12 years and co-coordinator in 2020; co-coordinator of the Bald Eagle Conference for 5 years and then helped morph it into the Winter Wings Festival for its first 3 years;  Treasurer of LWV Klamath for over 20 years and president for 9 years; Co-founder of Klamath Sustainable Communities and President and Treasurer of the organization for various years from 1995 - 2017; Board member of Klamath Basin Audubon Society for many years; involved with KOSS Advisory Board for many years before becoming Treasurer in 2020.

    Jonna Enman, Board Member
    A long-term resident of Klamath Falls, Jonna graduated from Klamath Union High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Oregon State College (now SOU). She and her husband, Jerry, have two girls. Her farm background and interest in strengthening the rural-to-urban connections among students make her a strong addition to the KOSS board. 

    Rebecca Morehouse, Board Member

    Terry Withrow, Facilities Oversight
    Terry attended the School of Forestry at Oregon State University then spent 30 years working for the Oregon Department of Forestry as a registered Land Surveyor and road engineer. He retired in 2002 and spent five years working in seasonal home construction. In his spare time, Terry has spent twenty years volunteering in youth summer camp maintenance and improvement, the last two years with the Klamath Outdoor Science School at the Sun Forest Campus, where he serves on the board.

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    ADVISORY BOARD

      Douglas Kendig, BLM Botanist (Retired) Douglas began his 40-year career in natural resource management working at the Medford BLM, most recently as the District Native Plant and Restoration Coordinator, Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Research and Monitoring and Agreements Specialist. Previously, he worked as a reforestation specialist and as a botanist discovering and conserving rare plant populations, managed interns on resource management skills and techniques and fought wildfires. Prior to the BLM, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. His experience focuses on local ecosystems in southwest Oregon and includes biology, plant taxonomy, genetics, mycology, plant communities, forest development, geology, soils, hydrology, and climatology. Douglas holds a BA degree in International Studies from SOU with graduate work in botany. He and his wife have lived in the Rogue Valley since 1984 and have three grown children.

      Kathy Larson
    Kathy strongly supports “connecting kids to nature.” Her own outdoor nature-camp experience as a fifth grader – more than 60 years ago – still inspires her to this day! Kathy has a degree in zoology from the University of Maryland. She helped establish the “Clinton Community Nature Center” near Jackson, Mississippi. In Klamath Falls, she was co-founder of the outdoor “Migratory Bird Day Festival” (an annual, free family, educational event) and she initiated the “Pelicans on Parade (POP!)” bird art project. As a retiree, she is involved with community networking groups, and volunteers at the Klamath Art Gallery and the Ross Ragland Theater. Kathy passionately believes that art combined with science, especially in outdoor education, is vital to the spiritual health of kids as the future caretakers of our Planet.     

      Ron Larson
    Ron is an enthusiastic biologist/naturalist, now retired, who still likes to muck around in ponds and lakes, doing research on frogs and birds, microscopic invertebrates, and all kinds of plant life. Currently he is writing a natural history book about Lake Abert in central Oregon. He has a Ph.D. in marine biology, and has done jellyfish research as a diver in the Caribbean, Iceland and Antarctica. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and was a seasonal manager of their marine lab in Belize. An avid nature photographer, he co-authored “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin,” and wrote “Swamp Song – A Natural History of Florida’s Swamps.” Ron is a Board member of the Klamath Basin Audubon Society, and gives public presentations to birding and nature groups throughout the state of Oregon.  

    John Pellissier, ODF Liaison
    John works for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
     

      Eric Rose, Purchasing Manager, Collins Products, LLC Eric is a Klamath Falls native who married his high-school sweetheart, Jennifer, in the summer of 1998. Their one and only child, Tannyr, has grown up through the Klamath Outdoor Science School program. Eric has been actively helping build and improve the KOSS facilities for several years. As the parent of a child that has benefited from the KOSS program, he felt it was vital to give back to ensure the program and facility are around to benefit generations to come. He strongly believes that the growth and development in children involved in the KOSS program is second to none.

      Tannyr Rose
    A 17-year-old junior at Klamath Union High School, Tannyr has been involved with the KOSS organization since the age of nine when he attended his first Arts and Science Summer Camp. At that point, he was hooked (despite the fact that there wasn't any running water or flush toilets) and continued attending summer camp for another three summers. This love for camp led to involvement with his dad on KOSS facility improvements - from camp cleanup days to actual construction of the dining pavilion and restrooms. Tannyr spent three summers as a Yurt Leader and has grown tremendously through this experience, attended KOSS Board meetings, and has served as the Student Ambassador to the organization. He looks forward to continuing his adventures with KOSS and maybe even one day be lucky enough to take the reins as KOSS Board President.

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    STAFF

    Bill Hunt, Director
    After spending almost 40 years involved with outdoor education/ recreation programs, Bill is still excited to be working with youth in the outdoors. Hopping onto the Klamath Basin scene from the Rogue Valley in 2012 as the new director for KOSS, he continues to enrich the programs and unite organizations to connect kids to nature.

      Linda Bailey, Naturalist/Instructor
    Owner of Woodsong Nature School, LLC, Linda was bitten by the nature bug at an early age! She studied Forestry/Wildland Recreation at Washington State University, and created a sought-after nature education program for the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is an avid gardener, backpacker, and paddler, who knows a really good day involves getting her hands and boots dirty. Linda’s career of thirty-plus years has focused on helping connect others with the wonders of woods, wetlands, and wildlife, believing this is a first step to personal stewardship. Whether leading a group in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota, or getting up-close with a Pacific tree frog, she strives to bestow confidence, allowing others to become enamored with the natural world, while gaining skills for their own outdoor adventures.

    Aleyda Curo-Miranda, Camp Instructor
    MS Tropical Forests and Biodiversity Management (San Pablo CEU University, Seville-Spain) B.S. in Biology (emphasis: Ecology and Herpetology at San Antonio Abad University, Cusco-Peru) Enrolled in the Naturalist Certificate Program at the Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma Bilingual Teacher assistant, Talent Elementary School/Phoenix District, Oregon Field Instructor for the KOSS/Web of Life Migrant Education Program in White City KOSS Instructor for Spanish community Programs. Before KOSS she worked as a manager, field guide and researcher for an Eco-tourist Lodge, Rainforest Expeditions SAC, Rainforest of Madre de Dios in Peru.

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    Klamath Outdoor Science School

    PO Box 721

    Klamath Falls | OR 97601

    Office:  541/ 850-8218
    kossreservations@gmail.com

    "The mountains are calling, and I must go."  - John Muir


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