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Jay Bishop Natural History Museum

Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society's newest board member, Jay Bishop, enjoying the outdoors with his family.

The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society is welcoming Jay Bishop to its board of directors.

Bishop was elected to serve on the board at the Society’s annual meeting in February.

He brings to the board a long working history in education. Working in natural history education runs in the family — he is married to Cachuma Park Naturalist Rosey Bishop. He's currently a naturalist at the Alisal Guest Ranch and raising their son full time.

Bishop has been a naturalist his whole life, beginning “on-the-job training” on the beaches and empty lots of Summerland. By his mid-20s, Bishop was already a seasoned bird-watcher and began leading nature programs for children.

In 2003, he earned his bachelor of science degree at Humboldt State University, studying natural resources planning and interpretation with an emphasis in zoology and environmental education. In 1997, Bishop began as Program Coordinator at The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre where he taught environmental awareness and respect of nature to elementary school students through the residential outdoor education programs. He became Education Director and worked at the school until 2017.

Founded in 2000, the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society is a member-supported nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost natural science education to the community through public lectures, field trips, and workshops in the Santa Ynez Valley region.

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It is not necessary to be a member in order to participate in programs. A goal of the Society is to expand its outreach to Santa Ynez Valley youth. The Society believes that experiencing and understanding the natural world leads to greater appreciation, knowledge, and conservation of biodiversity. The organization also collaborates with other groups in the area with similar values to provide natural history education.

Bishop serves on the board with directors Dennis Beebe, President; John Evarts, Vice President; Len Fleckenstein, Secretary; Marjorie Lakin Erickson; Liz Gaspar; Tim Matthews; Marion Schlinger; and Sam Spaulding. The Treasurer/CFO is Marjorie Popper.

To learn more about the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society visit or call 805-693-5683. On the website, you can view the most recent newsletter, Magpie Calls, see upcoming and recent presentations and field trips, and find out about supporting the Society’s goals through membership.

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