I moved to Jawbone Flats in March with the understanding that I would spend the spring season developing skills as an environmental educator. What I did not realize at the time was how many mysteries the forest held, and that I would quickly come to consider my role in the forest to be that of a detective.
I grew up in New England with a forest outside my back door, but my grandparents grew up in the high desert above San Bernardino, Calif. An old family photo shows my grandmother at 9 years old, surrounded by her siblings and friends, perched atop a cluster of rocks with the scrub and sand of Cajon Pass behind them, grinning in the sun.
Jay Davis just moved to Oregon from Wisconsin, with a background in running experiential education programs in both Minnesota and California. With a Master’s of Science in Experiential Education and a true passion for sharing the outdoors, we know that Jay will be a natural fit for the Opal Creek team—but what is our newest team member really all about?
Our current Program Director, Serena Becker, is moving on in January after a great 5 years with our organization. Throughout the interview process I was often asked by candidates why I work for Opal Creek, what keeps me motivated to work on behalf of our mission of promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness—why do I do it?
Weighing the Merits of Regulated Recreation
Pulling garden weeds on a sunny day behind cabin 9, one of the original buildings from the 1929 mining town, a grateful, enamored feeling bathed me with the reality that I finally live in this ancient community.