Alison Stanton is a local research botanist who has lived in the Lake Tahoe basin since 2002. A transplant from San Francisco, she did her undergraduate work at Mills College and then earned her M.S. in Plant Ecology from UC Davis. She is the second half of a two-person consulting firm that specializes in rare plant management and conservation strategies.
Alison is also involved in several research and monitoring projects looking at the effects of fuels reduction treatments on the ecological health of the forest on the west shore. Her work on Tahoe yellow cress enables her to call her frequent trips to several beaches around Lake Tahoe “going to the office” and she feels extremely lucky and fortunate to work in such a beautiful place. Alison will have just given birth to her first child in May, so make sure you tell her how beautiful and rested she looks.
Mary Jane Leyner-Foley has taught field classes in botany and plant ecology in the Central Rockies for the past forty years. Her students have ranged from children to senior citizens. She has taught classes for the University of Colorado, Metro State College (Denver), and Antioch University’s Denver Center.
She taught for and directed a summer field-science program for children for Thorne Ecological Institute, for several years and for 15 years operated her own school (Colorado Outdoor School) offering field classes for children and adults in the natural sciences.
A great believer in the Summit program, she has taught for 40 of them since 1970, and is delighted to see the Summits return to Colorado.
She feels that classes held in the out-of-doors should be relaxed, letting participants explore their new surroundings in ways that suit their individual interests. The class is not being “taken” on a field trip, rather participants and instructor are going out to explore together.
Ila Hatter is renowned for her extensive knowledge of plants and their folklore. She produced “Roadside Rambles”, a wild foods cookbook, the DVD “Mountain Kitchen” and a video series “Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Appalachia”, and edited the ethnobotany book: “Plants of the Cherokee”. Ila hosted “Folkways” and “Our State” programs for UNC-TV (PBS) and has appeared on CNN, TurnerSouth, RFDTV, and A&E networks. Her website www.wildcrafting.com features plant photos, videos, and other educational links.
Julia Goren is an active environmental educator and interpreter with experience from the Catskills to Western Mass., but especially in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) Summit Steward Coordinator since February, she worked with the ADK in ’05 doing guided walks, campfire presentations, and interpretation at her post atop Mt. Jo and at the Nature Museum. With ADK in ’06 and ’07 she did extensive alpine endangered species field research for ADK’s Summit Steward program and served as the Summit Botany Steward.
From ’07 to early ’09 she headed a summer NYC teacher program for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development to continue her work to “develop a sense of place in several different ecosystems.” She has also done interpretation work at Wupatki National Monument in Arizona, been a farm hand and trail crew member, and trained park personnel in the Altai region of Siberia. She holds an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch Univ. and is a National Assoc. for Interpretation Certified Guide and Trainer.