Dan Fontaine came to Santa Barbara in 1994 and obtained his PhD in Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. A naturalist and birder, Dan transitioned from the private sector in 2003, starting as a volunteer for Wilderness Youth Project. He has worked in every capacity there: helping in the camp kitchen, leading programs, and taking on the role of Program Director. Dan has been Executive Director since 2008. He is the lecturer for ENV S 127A - Foundations of Environmental Education. On weekends, you can find Dan outdoors with his family at Ellwood Beach or the Santa Ynez River.