Meet the Board & Advisors
We are a pioneering nonprofit founded by Bruce Calhoun and other educators and students in 1988. Since inception, more than 10,000 students have participated in our high-quality and sustainable trips AND we have donated more than $500,000 to rainforest conservation efforts!
Led by Andrea Luecke, an early student founder and program participant, we re-launched with renewed vigor on World Rainforest Day 2021! Connect with us for intern and volunteer opportunities or to lead a trip to the tropics.
President and Board Chair
Bruce Calhoun is a life-long environmentalist and movement pioneer. As the Founder and long-standing President of Save The Rainforest, Bruce has long been an inspiration to us all.
Bruce taught biology in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, oceanography in Puerto Rico, led Wisconsin Science Academy students on marine biology trips, was a diver for Australian Institute of Marine Biology, canvassed for Wisconsin' Environmental Decade, and worked as a naturalist for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.
Mr. Calhoun is open to speaking engagements at high schools, universities, and teacher conferences. He knows how to get the students engaged and laughing! See a segment of one of his talks here.
Bruce Calhoun's autobiography and more can be found here.
Butch Beedle is a nationally recognized educator in rainforest, environment, and outdoor education. He is a retired middle school social studies teacher who has been active with Save The Rainforest since 1988. He was the front-runner in the national interdisciplinary education concept and has written various curriculums, journals, book and magazine articles about interdisciplinary, environmental and rainforest education. Butch and his classes started the award-winning Tropical Tribune that was the only newspaper researched and written by and for children about tropical rainforests. Students interviewed leading rainforest conservationists and scientists and was endorsed and distributed by Save The Rainforest.
Butch has traveled on Save The Rainforest trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama and has explored rainforests in Australia, Mexico and Peru.
Mark Blackbourn taught Geography, History, Global Issues, and Environmental Ethics at LaCrosse Central High School in Wisconsin. He lives on a hobby farm in Portland, WI, and for many years raised alpacas. Mark loves to garden, fish, and hike and as an avid birder helps survey Peregrine Falcon nests along the upper Mississippi River. Mark has taken Save The Rainforest groups to Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama.
Karri Roh-Wasley is one of the student founders of Save The Rainforest in the late 1980's during which time she was the state of Wisconsin's most distinguished student athlete.
Influenced by Save The Rainforest, Karri pursued a career in environmental education and teaches biology at Dodgeville High School. Karri leads Dodgeville High School students on Save The Rainforest trips each year.
We have worked with a number of extraordinary educators who have all led multiple trips to the rainforest. They advise Save The Rainforest on policy and operational matters AND are available to answer questions from teachers who are interested in taking students to the rainforest.