Staff and Board Members
Carol Bylsma is the founder and Director of Forest Song Educational Services.
Carol Bylsma is a teacher, naturalist, and biologist. She is noted for the development and implementation of innovative programs for K-12 teachers and students.
As the first Project WILD Coordinator for Colorado from 1984 to 1994, Carol provided leadership and mentoring to a cadre of 130 highly qualified teachers that volunteered to lead Project WILD Workshops. Under her leadership, over 30,000 teachers took Project WILD Workshops in Colorado.
Carol is the founder of the Rivers of Colorado Water Watch Network which she created in 1993 while working for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. This program continues to provide consistent water quality data that is routinely used by the Colorado Heath Department, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Environmental Protection Agency to make decisions on managing all of Colorado's rivers. Rivers originating in Colorado provide water to thirty-three other states.
As the Education Activities Coordinator for The GLOBE Program’s initial development in 1995, the first set of educational activities, most of them still in use, was coordinated and often written by Carol and her team of educators.
In 1996, Carol was the Co-Principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Arizona to develop the Hydrology Module and Protocols for The GLOBE Program. From 1996-1999, Carol lead GLOBE workshops throughout the United States, through a contract with UCAR, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Forest Song, through Carol’s leadership, became a GLOBE Partner in 1999 and has remained so ever since.
Carol has provided outdoor and environmental education programs to children and teachers in predominately Navajo schools in Southeast Utah and southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico. She has provided Professional Dossier consulting and training to teachers in Central Consolidated Schools near Shiprock, New Mexico. As a middle school teacher, Carol helped 6-8 grade students develop a love for learning while building their skills with computers.
Carol is noted for her dedication to education about the environment and to helping people understand their role in their home place and beyond. She really enjoys taking kids and adults outside to learn and play in nature, chase butterflies, and watch birds, and know the changes of the seasons.
She received her Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Science Education and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado.
Carol resides in Bluff, Utah with her two dogs and one cat and four hens. She enjoys wandering the Four Corners especially hikes in Comb Ridge and elsewhere in Southeast Utah and the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.
Office Manager - Miss Kitty, the true boss of all operations.
Miss Kitty holds an advanced degree in mousing, and is an astute intrapersonal expert. She often helps Carol Bylsma think through project ideas while ever watchful for new birds at the feeders.
Miss Kitty is orginally from Bluff, Utah where she was a constant visitor at Bluff Elementary School.
Teri Paul has been museum director and curator at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum since 2001. Additionally, Teri has over 20 years experience as a field archaeologist in the Southwest, the Great Basin, and Northwest coast culture areas. She holds a Masters degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology and museum studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Teri has taught courses at the University of Oregon, Colorado Mountain College and Pueblo Community College in sociology and anthropology. She is an author of children’s books and an ardent weaver. Teri currently resides in Bluff, Utah with her husband, two dogs and four cats.
Peggy Zemach, a Denver native, moved to Durango, Co in 1997. Her first job was Director of the Children's Museum. More recently she has been instrumental in the renovation of a historic building and it's development into a science museum. After twelve years of meetings, events, and more meetings, the Museum will open in October 2010. She is currently consulting with the staff on the development of a volunteer program and an education program for school groups.
Prior to Durango, Peg worked as an educator at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Utah Museum of Natural History and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She has served on state and national environmental education boards.
She holds a B.S. in Environmental Education from Colorado College and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her husband, Art, is a pediatrician. They have three teenagers ages 18,16,and 13.