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The Green Meadows staff are a fantastic group of dynamic and highly qualified individuals. All staff are employees of the Merced County Office of Education and are background checked and fingerprinted as well as CPR trained. The Naturalist staff are all graduates of a four year university, and occasionally some interns are currently working towards a degree at the time of their internship. In addition, each school year at Camp Green Meadows starts off with two weeks of staff training. Our teaching staff pride themselves on their professionalism and are dedicated to creating a positive and impacting experience for students at Camp Green Meadows.

CGM staff at vista point with Yosemite views

Robert Bassett – Principal

Bob was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Rowland High School and worked his way through college building houses and other construction jobs. He attended several colleges and universities as he selected the best instructors in the Natural Sciences. Bob received a B.S. in Biology and two teaching credentials from Cal State Bakersfield and his administrators credential from Fresno Pacific University. He has taught at the elementary, middle school and high school grade levels.  As an administrator Bob has worked with special needs, alternative ed, high school, and elementary students. He came to work in outdoor education when he was hired as the Principal for Green Meadows in 2009. Bob has found his niche in education. “Students at Green Meadows daily get to touch, taste and feel science. We create a lifetime of memories every week.” 

Bob’s nature name is “El Capitan.”

Principal Robert Bassett

Luna – Intern Naturalist

Luna was born and raised in the Central Valley.  She graduated from University of California, Irvine where she received a dual bachelors in Anthropology and Psychology. During undergrad she studied abroad in Cyprus and traveled the surrounding continents expanding her global studies and widening her cultural lens. Luna loves being outside as she was president of Outdoors Club and a member of Running Club and Hiking Club throughout school. Luna values learning and teaching others how to see things through different lenses and learn different schemas.

“I’m a visual person, so I really enjoy scenic views. I also love experiencing new things so I’m open to trying something at least once.”

rocio ramos intern naturalist

Grizzly  – Intern Naturalist

Grizzly was born and raised in Merced, California, attending Ada Givens Elementary School, Rivera Middle School, and Merced High School. Grizz completed his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration with an emphasis in outdoor recreation and natural resource management from California State University, Fresno. During college, Grizz  worked in multiple job areas including a salmon cannery in Naknek, Alaska, the Fresno State Library, and Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI) in Fresno, CA. Some of his favorite hobbies include playing video games, photography, listening to music, and fishing. Grizz hopes to be able to create opportunities for students to learn about nature and its benefits. 

Jeremy lee intern naturalist

Cricket – Intern Naturalist

Cricket is from Tulare, California and attended Tulare Western High School.  After high school, he attended College of the Sequoias for his Associates degree, and then moved on to Fresno State for his BA in Liberal Studies.  During college, Cricket worked as a private tutor for k-12 students in and around Fresno, an AVID mentor, and as a suite runner at the Save Mart Center,  Cricket found a passion for teaching and helping young learners through his studies, and a stronger love for the outdoors during any of his days off.   He hopes to continue pursuing unconventional jobs in education, and would also love to teach students in different settings all over the world.  Some of his favorite hobbies are sewing, thrifting, listening to music, and staying up late.

chad boswell intern naturalist

Pluto – Intern Naturalist

Pluto was born and raised in Merced, California and is the middle child of 3. His parents are
from Michoacan, Mexico, a state known for the production of avocados. He attended El Capitan
High School and graduated from California State University Stanislaus (CSU) in 2020 with a
B.A. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement. Throughout college, Pluto
worked as a tutor/college advisor with Merced County of Education (MCOE) under
California-Student Opportunity Access Program Merced (Cal-SOAP). During high school Pluto
found an interest in hiking, recreation conservation and the outdoors while attending the
Environmental Science Academy (ESA). Pluto enjoys giving back and volunteering with local
communities; Pluto was a police explorer with Merced PD and volunteered with the Criminal
Justice Club as an officer. Pluto enjoys going on hikes, watching football, weight lifting and
playing spikeball. Pluto seeks to continue higher education and research juvenile justice policies
in the future.

Reef – Senior Cook

Reef loves to cook, play music, and enjoy the sights of nature. His nature name is “Reef” because of his love for the ocean.

jon senior cook

Panda – Intern Naturalist

Panda was born and raised in Merced with a family of eight siblings. He attended Merced High School and graduated from University of California, Merced with a Bachelor of Science in biological science with a human emphasis. During his college years he was a part of the cultural organization, Hmong Student Association, that held annual education conferences that invited high school students ranging from Sacramento to Fresno over to UC Merced to teach them about college life, financial aid, and majors; all with some focus on the cultural aspect of the Hmong people. After college he explored his options and found a wildlife biologist job working in Lost Hills observing the oil fields to get a quantitative survey of local lizards while keeping an eye out on the endangered species close to the area like San Joaquin Kit Fox and the Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard. Panda enjoys the great outdoors and regularly goes camping with friends and family. Some of Panda’s hobbies are singing, drawing, writing, hiking, and volleyball. Panda looks forward to teaching the future generation about nature, so they understand the importance of wildlife.

Chris  – Senior Maintenance

Chris’s nature name is “Cobalt.”

Chris Prigmore – Senior Maintenance
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