Instructors

The Utah Master Naturalist Program would not be a success without the support of the instructors and the organizations for which they work.  Even from the beginning, the Utah Master Naturalist Program has been a collaborative process involving many people from several organizations and agencies around the state.

Utah State University Cooperative Extension

Mark Larese-Casanova has been developing and teaching Utah Master Naturalist classes for Utah State University Extension since 2005.  Originally from the east coast, Mark has enjoyed exploring and teaching about Utah's amazingly diverse ecosystems.  His favorite activities include tracking wildlife in winter, and exploring potholes in the desert.  Mark is an Extension Assistant Professor at Utah State University.

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Christine Schmitz and Suzanne Zgraggen have been teaching Utah Master Naturalist classes since 2008.  Their goal at Utah's Hogle Zoo, located in the foothills of Salt Lake City, is to increase understanding of, and responsibility for, local and global animal species and ecosystems — strengthening the bond between people and the planet we live on.  Chris is the Director of Education, and Suzanne is the Academic and Community Programs Coordinator at the zoo.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

Kathy Donnell began teaching Utah Master Naturalist classes at Wasatch Mountain State Park in 2012.  Nestled in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains near Midway, Wasatch Mountain State Park is the perfect place to become immersed in the local watershed and mountain ecosystems.  Kathy is the Park Naturalist at Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

Nell Larson and Sally Upton have been involved in Utah Master Naturalist classes since 2011, and began teaching classes in 2013.  Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, located in Park City, includes 1,200 acres of land that is a refuge for an abundance of wildlife amidst expanding development.  As such, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter provides a unique opportunity to view and learn about the relationship of human activity to watershed and mountain ecosystems, and also the conservation efforts undertaken to minimize impacts.  Nell is the Director of Conservation and Sally is the 4-H and Youth Education Programs Director at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.