Lookofsky, Al

Lookofsky, Al

Al Lookofsky graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1971 with a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management. After working for the Corps of Engineers as a Park Ranger from 1974 at Old Hickory Lake and Cordell Hull Lakes in Tennessee, he transferred to Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois were he retired in 2005 as the lead Ranger for the Interpretive Services section. Previous lead Ranger assignments include the Visitor Assistance and Recreation/Management sections. He also has taught courses across our country in Operation and Maintenance Contracting, Campground Design, and Primitive Technologies.

Al started his association with NWF while still in college at the first three summers of the NWF youth camps and has also worked with either the youth program or adult programs at ten summits. He is a past president, secretary, and board member for the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology. Recipient of Legends Award presented annually by the Recreation Coalition to an outstanding employee in each of the federal lands management agencies. Received first Hiram M. Chittenden Award for interpretive excellence presented to an employee in the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers.

Hobbies include knife collecting, Native American (Stone Age) technologies, hunting, and gardening. Al is married to Betsy and they have two children, Walt and Alice. Betsy is a high school biology teacher and enjoys reading and walking. Walt is a practicing defense attorney. Alice is soon to be a Special Agent for Diplomatic Security.

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Leslie, Clare Walker

Clare Walker Leslie is a nationally recognized author, artist, naturalist and educator. She has taught for National Wildlife Summits since 1995. She is working on her 11th book – Connecting Parents and Teachers to Nature. She will have an assortment of her other books with her to buy. Clare comes to us from over the lake, in Vermont.

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Lenz, Chris

Chris Lenz is a full time human resources manager and part time firefighter-EMT from Northern Illinois who loves the outdoors. He and his family have attended 15 summits in the last 18 years and he has been active as a volunteer for the summits since 2003. This will be his 8th year working with the hike program both as an assistant and leader. He has led hikes at Silver Bay, Mt. Hood, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Ozarks and Lake Tahoe. His family operates a 1200 acre grain and beef farm west of Chicago. He and his family are the product of Summit experiences, learning about the environment, and bringing that knowledge back to the farm.

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Lampright, Bruce

Bruce Lampright currently serves as the Naturalist for Brays Island Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bruce has lived in coastal South Carolina for the past four decades. After graduating from the University of South Carolina (with a degree in Marine Science) he conducted research at USC’s Baruch Marine Lab and served as Education Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, both near Georgetown, SC. Lampright has also served as the Director of USC-Beaufort’s Coastal Zone Education Center in Bluffton and is a founding member and former President of the South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association. In 1999 Bruce and two others started the SC Master Naturalist Program, now administered by Clemson University with programs throughout the Palmetto State. Lampright is a Master Gardener and has been involved in environmental education for over 35 years and was the 2004 recipient of the South Carolina Marine Educator of the Year Award. He is also one of the first to be certified in South Carolina to legally pick mushrooms for resale. This will be his 13th Summit as a faculty member.

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Krebs, Leslie

Leslie Krebs is originally from St Louis. She has both of her degrees from the University of Iowa; Elementary Education, (Science), Outdoor Recreation and a Masters in Science Education. Her teaching in environmental education has taken her to Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Iowa, and Ohio. These have included work with the Girl Scouts, National Park Service, and other fine non-profits over the years. She enjoys working with all ages in the outdoors and is pleased to be teaching at her twenty-ninth Summit.

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King, Linda

Linda King has been a Transportation Summit Assistant whenever she has attended since the first Family Nature Summit in 2007. She is highly qualified for this job because in real life she is a school bus driver for Hilliard City School with nearly 20 years of experience.

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Johnson, Katie

Katie Johnson is a career professional educator in the Mounds View School District (suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, area) and has been sidelining in ecospirituality as an adult educator since the early 1990s. She is a three-time participant at Sophia Summer Institute (Holy Names College, Oakland), where the staff is comprised of some of the brightest minds and wisest spirits on the planet who meet each summer to discuss new thinking and further implications of the interface of spirituality and the environment. She is a 14-year veteran of summer summits, first attending in 1989.

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Jackson, Sara

Sara Jackson has been part of the Junior Naturalist staff for Family Nature Summits since 2003. She is currently a piano teacher in Ann Arbor, MI, however, prior to that she worked in the environmental education and communications field for many years. Experiences include nature camp program director, challenge course facilitator, invasive species removal crew member, and communications associate for National Wildlife Federation. Sara loves the Summits and can’t wait for another fun week of exploring and learning about nature with all of the awesome kids in her group!

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Houser, Steve

Steve Houser Jr has a master’s degree in Elementary Education as well as a graduate degree in counseling. Steve is certified in gifted education, social sciences, and geography, as well as being certified as an Environmental Educator by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His work as an educator of young people for over 40 years has been recognized through numerous awards, including: The Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (the nation’s highest science teaching award sponsored by the White House and the National Science Foundation), the Governor’s Award for NC Environmental Educator of the Year, the American Geological Institute’s US Earth Science Teacher of the Year, the Mecklenburg County Arts and Science Council’s Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to the Arts, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s Wachovia Ben Craig Teacher of the Year Award.

In addition, Steve is a professional storyteller with over 35 years experience in telling the old North Carolina tales and international stories that inspire and educate the listener. He worked over twenty summers as a National Wildlife Federation Family Summit faculty member at locations all over North America, and he currently serves as Director of the Family Nature Summits Junior Naturalist Program. Recognized as an “Educator of Excellence” with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, Steve has participated in educator institutes in Sweden, Belize, Yellowstone National Park, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest in Peru

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Houser, Jan

Jan Houser has attended or volunteered at 24 Summits. After teaching for 33 years, she retired and has her own private tutoring business. She enjoys being able to schedule her time in such a way as to spend ample time outdoors walking her dogs and riding her horse. Family Nature Summits have been an important part of each summer for her family, and she has enjoyed seeing many beautiful places across the United States in conjunction with Summit adventures.

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