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Meet the Board, Interns & 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 secured more than $1,000,000 for rainforest conservation efforts! 

 

On World Rainforest Day 2021, we relaunched with renewed vigor! Connect with us for intern, volunteer or partnership opportunities or to lead a trip to the tropics.

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Bruce Calhoun

President and Board Chair

Bruce Calhoun is the founder and long-standing President of Save The Rainforest.  He  pioneered ecotourism in the tropics for high school students and he is proponent of nature-based climate solutions such as REDD+ and HIFOR.

 

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.

 

  

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Butch Beedle

Board Treasurer

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.

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Mark Blackbourn

Board Secretary

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.

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Karri-Roh Wasley

Board Director

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.

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Adem Theriault

Board Member

Adem Theriault is an entrepreneur and environmentalist who owns and operates Eco Tree Company.  As an arbolist he is a dedicated implementer of urban forestry best practices.  He loves the outdoors and firmly believes we need to be better stewards of our planet.  He resides in Southwestern Wisconsin with his wife and two young children

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Interns and Board Advisors

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Student Interns

Catherine Rydland, Castle View High School

Anna Carter, Castle View High School

Advisors

We have worked with a number of extraordinary educators who have led multiple trips to the rainforest. The ones listed here 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.

  • Jennifer Dallman. AP  Environmental  Science Teacher.  Castle View High School. Castle Rock, CO  

  • Corinne Dedini. Assistant Head of School at One Schoolhouse. Washington, DC.

  • Mike Freidlin. Biology Teacher.  Abington Heights Middle School.  Clarks Summit, PA. ​​

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