Brent Wydrinski is a true renaissance man of Wallowa County. He blows glass, writes music, sings songs, creates sculptures, and more. He loves the outdoors, raspberries, and pie. Brent teaches our Friday Science Adventures classes and on backpacking trips, which combine his passion for science, youth, and the great outdoors. His volunteer spirit knows no bounds – he coaches youth soccer; he frequently helps newcomers at the local ski hill enjoy winter sports; he lays down tracks for Skating with Santa and keeps the ice smooth for hockey games at the Wallowa Valley Community ice rink. He also works for Winding Waters River Expeditions and Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness as a mentor for at-risk/high-needs kids. Promoting happiness and ensuring Wallowa County is a caring community for everyone are just two of Brent's admirable life pursuits.
Cheri works at a veterinary clinic. She received her BS degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, which she used when she worked as a Wilderness Ranger and a Wildlife Biologist for the US Forest Service in Enterprise and John Day, OR before teaching youth education programs with Wallowa Resources. Cheri loves how many children Wallowa Resources inspires. Even her own children have participated in the WREN and OWL programs and wish that there were more!
Janet has worked with us as a research biologist and educator since 2000. She has been a wildlife biologist and outdoor educator for over 30 years. Since earning a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, she has worked as a field biologist for the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Nature Conservancy. Her research mainly focues on non-game species, including various amphibians, small mammals, neotropical songbirds, forest and prairie grouse, hawks, and owls. Over the past 25 years, she has also worked as a backcountry interpretive guide, school class guest speaker, and trip leader for Elderhostel International.
Jo Ann Snead is a naturalist of many colors, so to speak. She earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida in 1976. She relocated to the Northwest and worked as a lab tech in Forest Physiology/Fish Pathology and as a community college physics tutor. On the Oregon coast she collected data for a Columbia River estuary research project, served as a naturalist interpreter at the Cannon Beach tide pools, and tutored chemistry students. She has worked as a research assistant at Point Reys Bird Observatory and the Delta Wetland Research Center in Manitoba, Canada.
JoAnn was a resident of Malheur Field Station in SE Oregon before comming to Wallowa County to work with the Forest Service as a forestry tech and then as a botany field surveyor. In 1999 she began working with children as a literacy programmer, storytelling and playing music. This interest developed into a preschool science program, which she ran for several years in Wallowa County. She now lives in Astoria, OR and travels back to Wallowa County to teach outdoor school.
Penny was the previous Youth Education Coordinator at Wallowa Resources and has created K-12 outdoor education programs in Wallowa County and the Pacific Northwest. Currently she is enjoying spending more time with her new baby, husband, and whitewater rafting company, Winding Waters River Expeditions. She is passionate about playing outdoors, including backcountry skiing and fiddling with horses. Penny is an active volunteer in the community. Penny has a B.A. in Geology from Colorado College and an M.S. in Watershed Science from Utah State University and Environmental Education from the Teton Science School.