Master of Science, Botany (Plant Ecology). University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies. Johnson State College, Johnson, VT.
Certificate in Wetland Science and Management. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
A fascination with tiny plants clinging to alpine ridges was the first spark of what turned out to be Jim’s lifelong fascination with native plants, wildlife, and their ecosystems, a path that led him to advanced study in plant ecology, and a career as a conservation biologist, restoration ecologist, and environmental educator. Jim has served in various capacities for conservation-oriented agencies and organizations such as the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Washington Native Plant Society, among others. He’s an enthusiastic volunteer for the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust in his home community of Vashon Island, Washington, and works with his community at Vashon Island Cohousing as they restore eight acres of forested wetland on their shared property. Jim’s special conservation interests at this time include the roles of native plants in wildlife habitat and as pollinator resources, and the evolution of ecological restoration practices to meet the challenges of climate change.
Originally from Minnesota, much of Ursula Beck's artistic practice has sprung from the lakes and trees endemic to that place. A painter by training, Ursula has expanded her practice and is exploring art as a collaborative and symbiotic process, working fluidly between mediums and relationships. She earned her BA in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and currently is pursuing an MFA in Critical & Pedagogical Studies with Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. Ursula has worked with numerous schools and educational programs both in the U.S. and abroad, teaching and facilitating youth and young adults primarily.
Jason deParrie-Turner has amassed decades of experience in front of and behind the camera, from television to feature films, he has done it all. He is the co-owner of a local production company, Heliorana Filmworks. In his spare time, he enjoys drumming and serves on the board of the Portland Adult Soap Box Derby.
Jesse is a Portland native. He earned graduate degrees in conflict resolution and human rights education at Portland State University and the University of San Francisco (respectively). Since 2008 he has taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and social sciences for the University of Louisville, Northwest Indian College and Concordia University, Portland. Right now Jesse is homesteading off-the-grid with his wife, Kristine. They are both interested in self-reliance and mutual aid.