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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

Miguel Rojas-Flores – Intern Naturalist

 

Miguel was born and raised in Merced, California and is the son of immigrant parents who are from the states of Puebla and Zacatecas in Mexico. He attended Merced High School and graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2020 with a B.S in Biology with an emphasis on Developmental Biology. Miguel worked in music education at Atwater High School and as a college advisor at Merced High School. He also worked at Yosemite National Park and Joshua Tree National Park on restoration and conservation projects, and completed a Fellowship with the California Climate Action Corps in Fresno, CA. Miguel enjoys learning and connecting with local communities, drumming, and making coffee. He looks forward to attending the University of Washington in the fall of 2022 in pursuit of a M.S in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Miquel’s nature name is “Sandstone.”

Miguel Flores-Rojas - Intern Naturalist

Rocio Ramos – Intern Naturalist

 

Rocio was born and raised in the Central Valley.  She graduated from College of The Sequoias with an associates in Psychology and transferred to the University of California, Irvine where she received a duel bachelors in Anthropology and Psychology.  Rocio studied abroad in Cyprus during her undergrad and traveled through the surrounding continents expanding her global studies and widening her cultural lens.  Throughout undergrad she was on the board for Outdoors Club and Anthropology Club as well as being involved in Running, MECHA, and Hiking Club.  She often describes herself as visual person and enjoys scenic views in nature.  Rocio values learning and teaching others how to see things through different lenses.  Her goal is to her masters in Anthropology so she can start educational classes or programs to expand others’ schemas of the world.  

 

Rocio’s nature name is “Luna.”

rocio ramos intern naturalist

Jeremy Lee – Intern Naturalist

Jeremy was born and raised in Merced, California and attended Merced High School. He is currently attending California State University, Fresno and majoring in recreation administration with an emphasis in outdoor recreation and natural resource management. During college, Jeremy has worked in multiple areas including a salmon cannery in Naknek, Alaska, the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, and Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI) in Fresno, California. During the spring semester of 2022, Jeremy hopes to complete his B.S. at Fresno State and pursue a career in the outdoor recreation industry. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing video games, listening to music, and fishing.

 

Jeremy’s nature name is “Grizzly or Grizz.”

Jeremy lee intern naturalist

Chad Boswell – Intern Naturalist

Chad 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, Chad 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,  Chad 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’s nature name is “Cricket.”

chad boswell intern naturalist

Jon Conriquez – Senior Cook

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

Jon’s nature name is “Reef.”

jon senior cook

Chris Prigmore – Senior Maintenance

Chris’s nature name is “Cobalt.”

Chris Prigmore – Senior Maintenance
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