Saul Weisberg

Your day job

THEMES: Society, Personal Practice  |  WORKSHOP: Natural History & Society


Saul Weisberg

Saul Weisberg is the executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the National Park Service, the US Forest Service and the City of Seattle β€œto conserve and restore Northwest environments through education.” A national leader in field-based environmental education, Saul worked throughout the Pacific Northwest as a wilderness ranger, biologist, fisherman and fire lookout before starting the Institute with a group of friends in 1986. He is an adjunct faculty member at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University and has served on the board of directors of the Natural History Network, the Environmental Education Association of Washington, the Association of Nature Center Administrators, the Alliance for Wilderness Education and Stewardship, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, and Experience International. Saul lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife and daughters. His passions include canoeing, bugs and walking in the mountains in the rain.




Saul Weisberg: Work is sort of – you know it's your day job. Your practice is what feeds you in a different kind of way. For a lot of people, natural history might be their practice. It's not what they do for a living. And that's okay. I love teaching about natural history. And if people turn into professional naturalists, that's really cool. But I'd just assume they turn into informed, engaged citizens who are leaders in their community and good stewards in whatever they're doing. It may be even more important for them to be successful people in business and law enforcement, or whatever it happens to be, who have this deep connection to the natural world, and inform all those people who really need to be reached.