Dan's first wilderness job in California was as a forest fire fighter, and that is handy as he now teaches about the role fire ecology plays. These days he is a Sierra Nevada based naturalist, birder, hiker, and father of two boys who love being outside. In addition to enjoying and interpreting the wonders of Yosemite, Dan is the director of a summer camp in Western Maine where he lead wilderness trips for 23 years. Dan's motto is, "Any day in the mountains is a good day." He strives to weave science, wonder, and joy for a deeper appreciation and connection to nature.