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The Naturalists

Balsam Mountain Trust employs two full-time naturalists to help manage resources, provide educational opportunities, conduct research, and more.

Michael Skinner, Executive Director

As the executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust—the nonprofit environmental education and research arm of Balsam Mountain Preserve—Michael is responsible for directing natural and cultural resource management, environmental education programming, and scientific research on the Preserve.

Prior to coming to Balsam Mountain Preserve, Michael was the Emmy-nominated host of Georgia Outdoors on Georgia Public Television. He is an experienced field ecologist, naturalist, nature photographer, environmental educator, taxidermist, and musician.

Rose Wall,
Senior Naturalist

The Senior Naturalist for the Balsam Mountain Trust, Rose is responsible for providing environmental education programming and assisting with the natural and cultural resource management of Balsam Mountain Preserve.

Rose has a passion for connecting people to nature, and for empowering them to protect their local and global natural environments. Prior to coming to Balsam Mountain Preserve, Rose worked as an Environmental Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Jen Night,
Senior Naturalist

In their jobshare as Senior Naturalist/Education Director for the Balsam Mountain Trust, Jen and Rose are responsible for providing environmental education programming and assisting with the natural and cultural resource management of Balsam Mountain Preserve. Before life at Balsam, Jen taught at several nature centers in the Twin Cities and Knoxville, TN working with kids, critters, and exhibits. Her mission is to inspire scientific curiosity and foster meaningful connections with the natural world.