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.



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      BOARD OF DIRECTORS

      Marjorie Glass, President
      One of the founders of Klamath Outdoor Science School, Marj has been on the board since its inception. She was the Talented and Gifted Program coordinator and teacher for Klamath County School District. 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 professional development workshops for teachers in the areas of science inquiry and gifted education.

      Jonna Enman, Vice President
      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. 

      Kerry Farris, Secretary/Treasurer
      Kerry joined the Klamath Outdoor Science School (KOSS) board in 2015. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife ecology from the University of Idaho. Before volunteering with KOSS, she was an associate conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and held various positions with the U.S. Forest Service. She has over 20 years of experience surveying and researching various wildlife species in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains to share with KOSS students.

      Jacky Friedman, Member
      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.

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

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      ADVISORY COMMITTEE

      Eric Rose, Purchasing Manager at Collins Products, LLC
      Klamath Falls native who married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, in the summer of 1998. Our one and only child, Tannyr Rose, has grown up through the Klamath Outdoor Science School programs. I have 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 I believe it is vital to give back to ensure these programs and facilities are here to benefit generations to come. The growth and development, in the children, that comes from the KOSS programs is second to none.

      Douglas Kendig, BLM Botanist (Retired)
      An impressive career in natural resource management began nearly 40 years ago 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, Douglas worked 10 years as a reforestation specialist managing young forest stands and 10 years as a botanist discovering and conserving rare plant populations. He also led and managed interns on resource management skills and techniques, and fought wildfires for eight years. Prior to the BLM, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala for three years. His academic and practical experience focuses primarily on biological sciences of local ecosystems in southwest OR and includes biology, plant taxonomy, genetics, mycology, plant communities, forest development, as well as physical sciences such as geology, soils, hydrology, and climatology. Douglas holds a B.A. degree in International Studies from Southern Oregon University and completed graduate class work in Botany from Southern Oregon University and the University of Washington. He and his wife of nearly 40 years have lived in the Rogue Valley since 1984 and raised three children in the Medford School District.

      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, in locations as far away as Iceland and Antarctica. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and was a seasonal manager of the Smithsonian marine lab in Belize. Ron is an avid nature photographer, and has co-authored the book “Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin”, as well as writing his own book “Swamp Song – A Natural History of Florida’s Swamps.” Ron is currently a Board member of the Klamath Basin Audubon Society, and gives public presentations to birding and nature groups throughout the state of Oregon.  

      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 fundraiser to “connect kids to nature.” Currently retired, 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.     

      Tannyr Rose
      Tannyr is currently a 16-year-old sophomore at Klamath Union High School. He has been involved with the KOSS organization since the age of 9 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 flushing toilets) and continued attending summer camp for another three summers. This love for camp led to he and his dad getting involved with the KOSS facility improvements; from camp cleanup days to actual construction of the dining pavilion and restrooms. He has also gone back for two summers as a Junior Counselor and has grown tremendously through this experience. In addition, he has attended KOSS Board Meetings and has served as the Student Ambassador to the organization. Looking to the future, his plan is to attend college and obtain a degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Science. He looks forward to continuing his “adventures" with the KOSS organization and will 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 over 4 years ago as the new director for KOSS, he continues to enrich the programs of KOSS and unite organizations to connect kids to nature.

      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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