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 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 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 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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