About Us . Our Staff

Photos Donated by Timothy Teague Photography


David White 

Project coordinator, Educator

David has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has been involved in numerous environmental groups in Ventura County for the past 25 years. In addition to running Once upon a Watershed, he is also the Executive Director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture. One of Dave's favorite things to do is to plant trees with kids.


Amy Davis


Amy has been a naturalist/educator/guide for nearly 20 years.  Her love of nature started in the Southeast in Charleston, South Carolina as she was earning a B.S. in Geology.  Shortly after graduating she began working at a Nature Center and leading canoeing, kayaking, biking and birding tours along with classes in the nature center.  After moving out to California to work as a naturalist educator teaching environmental education, she continued to be a kayak guide in the summer and winters.  The guiding took her to places such as Belize, Panama, San Juan Islands, Wyoming, Baja, Mexico and the Channel Islands.   She currently lives in Ventura and continues to teach outdoor education through several different organizations in Southern California along with leading hikes with The Nature Conservancy .  Birding is one of her biggest passions and loves to share that with others.  Her goal is to spread awareness of the natural environment in order to develop a deeper appreciation and love of the wilderness in hopes of conserving it.


Sara MacCracken


Sara has been passionate about children and nature as far back as she can remember. She has an M.A. in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. It was here that she first heard about Wilderness Therapy and took the idea with her into the different settings she worked. She helped develop and run a program for at-risk youth in Longmont, Co. and took young adults to Central America doing service projects throughout the area. Sara has studied edible and medicinal plants for the past 25 years. She currently lives in Ojai with her two sons and husband. She is very happy to be bringing education to the schools about our precious watershed.


Sarah (Trudy) Trudeau

Education Coordinator, Educator

She was raised in the Ojai Valley, finding growth within herself deep beneath the mud that swallowed her bare feet. The freedom to explore her environment, closely accompanied by her two goats, encouraged her youthful curiosities and confidence to flourish. This admiration and respect continued into her playful adulthood. She migrated North into the PNW, where she earned her B.S. in Biology while building a career in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. During this time, she found the love and gift of education through her focus on public outreach at nearby schools. Seeing a similar excitement of our youth as they learned about the species they shared their environment with, beckoned that focus to grow. She decided to turn her efforts fully towards nourishing the connection between our youth and the preservation of our ecosystems. She has since returned to the Valley which first seeded this pursuit, where she is happily educating, climbing, hiking and continuing to play!