MISSION

The Idaho Environmental Education Association is dedicated to the advancement of environmental education in Idaho. We support and promote the activities of all educators working to clarify our understanding of the natural world and our role in it. 

IdEEA is a 501(C)3 non-profit and serves as a network for EE Educators across the State of Idaho.

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MEET THE BOARD

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TATE MASON

Board President

Tate grew up in the Pacific Northwest devoted to the outdoors. He studied biology at Western Washington University and then earned a Master’s degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. In working as an ornithologist, primarily studying owls and songbirds, Tate recognized the critical importance of engaging the general public with the objectives of scientific research. With a passion to conserve biodiversity around the world, Tate now serves as Director of The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.

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JULIE SCANLIN

Board Vice President

Julie is an Idaho native who grew up on a farm in North Idaho. As farming duties would allow, her family hunted, fished, and camped for recreation. Her environmental connections, framework and ethic are founded in those experiences. Idaho’s land and natural resources have continuously provided a living and quality of life for which she will always be grateful and she feels a strong obligation to give back to and protect “our home” in any way she can – she has chosen education as that vehicle. Julie has a teaching degree from University of Idaho (UI) and did masters studies at UI as well in natural resources to enhance her knowledge base and skills. She has been an environmental education practitioner for over 25 years and an active and long-term member of IdEEA. Julie is in support of Idaho’s environment, those who work and live off the land, and those who share in the work of enhancing knowledge and connections to our natural world.

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CURTIS EVANS

Secretary and Membership Guru

Curtis Evans is the Education Coordinator with the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey. He is passionate about science, education, and nature. Find Curtis at your local Scottish jam session where he plays accordion.

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LAURA BARBOUR

Director

Laura is currently Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Canyon County Departments of Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources. Canyon County Parks is dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural resources of our County as recreational and educational opportunities for our citizens and visitors. They provide free, place-based field trip programming to over 12,000 students (150 schools and educational organizations) each year.  Laura received a master’s degree from the University of Idaho, via their McCall Outdoor Science School graduate program, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The College of Idaho in Caldwell.  An Idaho native, Laura grew up in Parma, Idaho.

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EMMA STAMMER

Director / Webmaster

Passionate about hands-on learning and community involvement, Emma has worked as an environmental educator and volunteer coordinator for many years. After living in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, Emma found her way to Idaho. Emma currently is the State Manager of the Idaho Conservation Corps, an organization that focuses on experiential environmental learning and job experience.

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JULIA WELCH

Director

Julia enjoyed an upbringing of outdoor exploration in the hardwood forests and abundant fields of Upstate New York. After completing her B.S. in Wildlife Science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, she accepted various jobs in the natural sciences, working as a wildlife biologist, naturalist, and environmental educator throughout the United States and Canada. During the summer of 2012, a wildlife rehabilitation internship in McCall, Idaho left her lovestruck by its incredible landscape, and although she left to continue her varied environmental work, and to achieve her M.S. in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in 2015, it was always a dream of hers to move back to Idaho. In the fall of 2016, after educating as a guide in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Julia finally found her way back to McCall and began teaching nature-based preschool at Roots Forest School. Enjoying a diversity of hobbies in the mountains and forests brings her great joy, especially when coupled with the opportunity to help instill a sense of wonderment and stewardship for the amazing place she lives!

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JOHN MAKI

Treasurer

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways we describe this invaluable member of our team. John Maki's background in finance and banking are crucial to IdEEA's success.

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MISHA SMITH

Director

Misha grew up in the woods of North Idaho, and spent her childhood exploring the outdoors.  She received her teaching degree from the University of Idaho, and earned her masters degree in Economics Education from Boise State University.  She has taught 6th grade at Hawthorne Elementary in Boise since 1998 and loves to get her students outdoors and into the field as much as possible.  Her mission is to inspire curiosity, critical thinking and problem solving in her students, as well as help them see their connection with the natural world.  She uses a variety of inquiry projects, field experiences, and connections with local and global experts to empower students to take action.  In her free time she can be found exploring the great state of Idaho and beyond while camping, hiking, rafting, and visiting as many state and national parks as possible!

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ERICA HERMSEN

Director

Erica grew up riding horses in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains outside of Seattle, WA. Her love of nature and animals led her to pursue a B.A in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and an M.S in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. Erica worked as an educator for Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo before spending nearly a year conducting cheetah conservation research in Kenya. Her work as an educator and conservationist culminated with the launch of EverWild Forest School in Boise, ID in late 2020. By providing critical education and nature connection opportunities to her community’s youngest residents, Erica hopes to help develop the next generation of engaged global citizens.

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TERRY RICH

Director

Terry has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Zoology from Idaho State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from Boise State University. Terry worked for the Bureau of Land Management for 20 years and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 15 years. He coordinated the international bird conservation partnership, Partners in Flight, from 2000 to 2014. Terry currently writes a weekly column on birds for the Idaho Press, and has given a monthly program on birds at the Foothills Learning Center for the past six years. Hopefully, these in-person programs will resume soon. Terry is an Honorary Life-time Member of the American Ornithological Society. He and his wife, kids, and grandkids all live in the Treasure Valley.

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CHRIS TAYLOR

Director

Chris Taylor has been in education as either a teacher, principal or district administrator for the last 25 years. He has taught all grade levels from 2nd - 9th grade, taught as adjunct faculty at Boise State University, was a principal at Pierce Park Elementary School, and is currently the science, sustainability, and computer science curriculum supervisor for the Boise School District. He has been an active board member of many organizations, such as the Idaho Science Teachers Association, Boise City Club, and Idaho State Museum. He was an integral member of the state committee that wrote and passed the new state science standards, and has worked with both inservice and preservice teachers throughout the state helping them implement phenomenon based inquiry in science. Chris has also worked with
many community partners throughout the Northwest to help students in the Boise School District be actively involved in topics such as climate change, civility, and sustainability. He has a master’s in
Educational Administration, recently completed his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Boise State University, and is currently near the end of his doctorate

program. continue to help all districts in the state of Idaho effectively implement the new Idaho State Science Standards and bring more STEM opportunities in their K-12 classrooms.

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DICK JORDAN

Director

Dick Jordan is a lifelong biologist, outdoor enthusiast, conservationist and river rat. In 2015, he retired from Timberline High School after 35 years teaching biology, chemistry and environmental science. Dick introduced both regular and AP Environmental Science into the Boise School District and was selected by the China Environmental Global Alliance to teach environmental science to master teachers in Beijing, China. He has won many awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching, the Governor’s Award for Innovative Teaching in STEM, Siemens Advanced Placement Award, NABT’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and Defenders of Wildlife’s Environmental Hero Award. Dick has written multiple grants to fund his programs including TREE (an ecology/outdoor club network), Outside Day, Ignite the Change, Campfire Connection and a district wide sustainability program. He has taken students on countless field trips during his career including multi-day whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon, Snake & Payette Rivers and 15 student groups to research stations in Belize and Ecuador. Needless to say, he is totally committed to getting kids outdoors and excited about nature. Dick loves whitewater rafting (having guided for over 40 years), mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking and helping his wife, Julie, make their tiny urban farm and mountain cabin more sustainable.