Our volunteer and paid staff are committed to sharing nature and history with kids and families in a meaningful and inspiring way, teaching through discovery and taking advantage of natural teaching opportunities. We pride ourselves in our enthusiasm, knowledge, and patience.

Executive Director – Karen Rainsong

Karen holds a B.A. from Cal State University Northridge in Art, and a Certified Naturalist Certificate from the Siskiyou Field Institute in Oregon. She is a graphic designer, photographer, and for many years was an art teacher. She is also the mother of a teen boy and an active part of the community.
She has always loved nature and natural interpretation. Throughout her years living in Eugene, she has worked often with teaching children, in both traditional school settings and non-formal outdoor settings. Some of her favorite jobs included teaching natural history and local history at Homesource, teaching many different types of art and natural history courses for Lane Arts Council, and teaching as an Audobon In the Schools instructor and at Whole Earth Nature School.
Previously she enjoyed working as an Educational Coordinator at Dorris Ranch, as an instructor for the City of Eugene Parks and Recreation, and an instructor at Nearby Nature. She was the Coordinator of the Alvord Farm and Museum from 2007- 2015, until founding the Singing Creek Educational Center. More about her can be found at her business web site: www.rainsongdesign.net.

 

Liza Starr Lilly –  Instructor

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Elizabeth is a mother of four and has been an educational instructor for Singing Creek Educational Center since 2014. She teaches about the Kalapuya Native Americans and also early pioneer life on the farm. With a sweet, gentle personality, and a love of learning, she is a favorite with the kids.

Gary S. Walter –  Instructor

“Trapper Buck”
Gary is a 5th generation Oregonian whose great-grandparents emigrated to Oregon on the Oregon Trail in the late 1800s. His father was born in a log cabin on the original family homestead near Alsea, Oregon. Building on this heritage, Gary has continued to explore and travel geographically, educationally, professionally, recreationally, and personally. Gary is an experienced outdoorsman. He has climbed some of the tallest peaks in North America, backpacked extensively, kayaked in Alaska, and is an avid snow skier. Over the course of the last 30 years, he has retraced his great-grandparents Oregon Trail experience, traveling throughout the Western US and camping on the trail in many places. In addition, he is an avid reader who devours historical biographies that have included Lewis and Clark, David Crockett, and US Grant who spent some time in Oregon before his presidency.
Professionally, Gary has worked as a paramedic, firefighter, pastor, and college professor. He is currently working as a licensed paramedic in the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area. He lives with his amazing wife of 17 years, and two awesome kids (10 and 13). He says being a husband and father is the best job he’s ever held!

Kevin Prier –  Instructor

Kevin Prier has a BS in biology from the University of Oregon and a doctoral dissertation in neurobiology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. With an extensive background in the sciences and math and more than 10 years tutoring and teaching experience from grade school to college level, he tutors science, math, and German at the elementary through college level and also works as a medical interpreter in German and French. His own children are in 10th grade and graduated and have been entirely home schooled. He has been teaching them science and math along with children from other home-schooled families, and was potions master for Homeschool Hogwarts for four years, teaching chemistry as Professor Abraxas. Kevin also teaches urban homesteading classes for adults through community centers in Eugene and Springfield, with workshops on gardening and foraging; fermenting sauerkraut, kimchi, and other vegetables; cheese and sausage making; soap making; and more