Clare Rankhorn | Senior Naturalist
Clare grew up in Lake Villa, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Integrative Biology. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she conducted and presented original research on topics such as animal mating behavior, predator-prey interactions, and climate change. One of her research articles about behavioral isolation in fishes is published in The American Naturalist. She has also worked as a lab assistant, a middle school leadership tutor, a park district naturalist, and a graduate assistant at an environmental education center. Over the years, she has gained experience leading environmental education field trips, camps, and other programs for ages K-12. While spending a summer as a wildlife rehabilitator, she had the chance to care for and handle all types of vertebrates, including snakes and raptors. She enjoys long hikes, road trips, identifying plants, baking sweet treats, and Chicago style deep-dish pizza. She loves all styles of music and is a dancer and choreographer in jazz, hip-hop, and Chicago style stepping. She is an avid birder and one of her favorite birds on her life list is the hooded warbler. She has traveled to over 25 states and hopes to visit them all. She is also teaching herself to play guitar. She is returning to San Mateo Outdoor Education for her fourth year. Clare's nature name at Outdoor Education is Frost.
Maxwell Lewis | Naturalist/Village Leader
Maxwell Lewis grew up in Ann Arbor Mich. and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and Environmental Studies with an emphasis is Environmental Education. He was part of a research team that presented findings to prestigious scientists on the effects of ecological disturbances on forest ecosystems. Max also served as a research assistant in an educational psychology lab where he studied various methods of enhancing student comprehension. He was a member of the largest environmental group on campus where he organized events and gave presentations. At an after school tutoring program, Max worked one-on-one with 9-17 year old students and he held the recruitment/training chair position for a non-profit summer camp for children with cancer families. Max was lead counselor at the Ann Arbor Shakespeare Camp and he worked for the student conservation association where he created curriculum for high school students to teach environmental values. He has been working as a pre-school teacher with 3-5 year olds providing hands on activities and curriculum at a child development center. Max enjoys being outdoors, backpacking, canoeing, being wacky or singing crazy songs. He plays the clarinet and speaks conversational Spanish. He is returning to San Mateo Outdoor Education for his third year. Max’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Drizzle.
Neil Richardson | Garden Coordinator/Naturalist
Neil grew up in Santa Clara, California and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Management and Protection/Environmental Education and Interpretation. He received training in project WET and Project Learning Tree and served as a Project Learning Tree coordinator at local schools. As an Environmental Education Program Designer he created curriculum for 5th grade students and taught in a variety of habitats. As a Program Coordinator with Wetlands on Wheels he worked in the field and classroom to provide hands- on activities about wetland ecosystems for 5th grade students. With Friends of The Dunes he led field trips to teach 2nd-6th graders about dune ecology, birds, plants and macro invertebrates. He enjoys running, cycling and working out. He has a talent for building and fixing things from cars to computers and is fascinated in classic cars and automotive history. He loves riding motorcycles and in the last two years has ridden over 20,000 miles covering the entire length of the west coast along highway 1 and 101. He likes writing music and has played the bass in two bands. He is returning to San Mateo Outdoor Education for his fifth year. Neil's nature name at outdoor education is Cygnus.
Danny Hulburt | Naturalist/Village Leader
Danny Hulburt was born in the Netherlands, grew up in Blacksburg Virginia and is a graduate of Guilford College with a BS in Biology and a minor in Integrated Sciences. He also studied psychology and neuroscience while attending Maastricht University in the Netherlands. At the age of 19, Danny learned to speak German while working in Switzerland as an au pair. He is also learning Dutch. Danny has participated in a Master Naturalist program and Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. As a Teen Adventure trip leader he worked with 15-17 year old campers, taking them on three week long backpacking, canoeing, rock-climbing and service trips. As a counselor at Shiloh Quaker Camp Danny took 9-14 year olds on 3-4 day backpacking trips. He has also worked as a lifeguard and bicycle repairman. Danny enjoys mountain biking, backpacking and rock climbing. He likes downhill skiing, plays a lot of disc golf and was on his college ultimate Frisbee team. Danny plays the piano and was on Drumline in high school. He loves talking about music and was a radio DJ in college. He is returning to SMOE for his second year. Danny’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Shine.
Miles Villa | Health Care Specialist
Miles Villa grew up in Lemoore California and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has studied plant ecology, invertebrate zoology, and ichthyology and has conducted original research projects in a variety of California ecosystems. Miles is a skilled field biologist and has worked in ecological restoration. As an accomplished birder he helped to conduct bird counts in Tejon Ranch and worked with the US Forest Service making point counts of spotted owls and goshawks. Miles has also worked as a lab assistant where he studied ant diversity and organized thousands of insect samples taken from coffee farms in Mexico. He spent a summer in Singapore and Malaysia studying freshwater plankton. Miles likes camping, travel and backpacking and spent a month hiking in Costa Rica. He also enjoys reading, writing, dancing and playing the piano and guitar. After working a year at SMOE followed by two years at San Joaquin Outdoor Education, He is returning to SMOE for a second year. Miles’ nature name at Outdoor Education is Flux.
Kiana Jenkins | Naturalist/Village Leader
Kiana Jenkins grew up in Ojai, CA and is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Environmental Management and Protection and an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Barbara City College and has completed trainings in Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, Talk About Trees and Foundations in Interpretation. Kiana studied abroad in South Africa and London and has traveled throughout Ireland and most of the western US. She spent this summer working in Alaska. Kiana is fluent in American Sign Language and she is learning to play the guitar. While attending Humboldt State University she served as President of the Redwood Chapter of Environmental Educators and Interpreters where she organized community Environmental Education programs and events. Kiana enjoys backpacking and can start a fire using flint. She enjoys learning about weather and climate and loves all water sports including whitewater rafting and surfing. She also loves to dance. She is returnog to SMOE for her second year. Kiana’s nature name at Outdoor Education is Cascade.
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