Naturalist Staff at Spring Creek Ranch
Phoebe Stoner ‐ Program Director
As Naturalist Program Director at Spring Creek Ranch, Phoebe Stoner designs and leads science-based tours in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and on-property at Spring Creek Ranch. Stoner, an avid wildlife enthusiast and birder, loves sharing her extensive knowledge of the area with guests to both enrich their understanding and provide an authentic experience. Stoner has made contributions to the area’s wildlife community as an educator, researcher and volunteer. Prior to Spring Creek Ranch, Stoner was a field instructor at the Teton Science Schools where she designed and taught science-based experiential curriculum. An active member of the local science community in Jackson Hole, Stoner also served as a research assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the National Elk Refuge and has volunteered with several ecology non-profit organizations. Her knowledge of this area is applied to a strong foundational understanding of science. Stoner received B.A. in biology at Lewis & Clark College where she had the opportunity to design and implement several research projects and teach as an undergraduate. Outside of work, you may find her fishing, cross country skiing, hunting, biking, and playing and coaching basketball. She also enjoys engaging in the vibrant science community of Jackson. She loves mammals (big AND small) and birds, but is most captivated by the interface between wildlife and people and the biopolitics of such issues.
Doug Johnston ‐ Naturalist
Doug returns to the Tetons for his 18th year in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As a former Yellowstone Park Ranger and retired history teacher he brings a unique perspective to his role as a naturalist for Spring Creek Ranch. A keen wildlife observer and a gifted story teller, he is at his best when sharing the natural world with guests. He is an avid hiker, cyclist, and nordic skier. Whether talking about a Grand Teton climb, one of his four winters at Old Faithful, or the grizzly bear chasing the elk calf, guests will enjoy learning about the natural history of the parks with Doug.
Louise Lasley ‐ Naturalist
A geologist with both field and academic experience, Louise Lasley's years in the Jackson Hole area have provided her a broad range of experience. However she has treasured her opportunities to share knowledge of the valley's wildlife, history and geology the most. Prior to joining the Naturalist staff at Spring Creek, Lasley spent ten years working directly on conservation issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At Spring Creek, Lasley thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to take both her knowledge and skills in a new direction by providing the possibility for visitors and residents to learn of the diverse components of the local ecosystem that make Jackson Hole so special.
Kenny Haden ‐ Naturalist
Kenny has always had a passion for exploring the outdoors and understanding natural processes. Early work included ridge-running on the Appalachian Trail, instructing skiing, climbing and caving at Colgate University, and guiding wilderness trips in various locales throughout the United States. Kenny has worked as a high school teacher for the past nine years, teaching in nearly every academic department during that time. A desire to advance as both a teacher and a naturalist led him to the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program in Field Science Teaching, which he completed in 2009. With backpacking, climbing and skiing as a backdrop, Kenny has explored the biology, geology and snow science of the Teton Range since then.