The Balsam Mountain Trust Naturalists

Michael Skinner, Executive Director, Balsam Mountain Trust

Michael Skinner, Executive DirectorMichael is the executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, the nonprofit environmental education and research arm of Balsam Mountain Preserve. He 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.

Skinner's career track includes experience working in zoos (Lincoln Park, Central Texas Zoo and Zoo Atlanta); nature centers (Chattahoochee in Atlanta); and museums (Fernbank in Atlanta and Strecker at Baylor University, where he was also an adjunct instructor in the biology program). These positions allowed him to travel extensively in the U. S. and abroad. Michael holds a B.A. degree in Wildlife Management from Southern Illinois University.

Rose Wall, Senior Naturalist

Rose Wall is the Senior Naturalist for the Balsam Mountain Trust.  She is responsible for providing environmental education programming and assisting with the natural and culturalRose Wall 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.  She has also served as a wetland educator for under-served youth in Southern Louisiana, and a Biology Instructor for the University of New Orleans.  In addition to her work in environmental education, Rose has had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time in the field.  She worked with the critically endangered Mississippi Sandhill Crane for her graduate research, and with threatened beach nesting birds as a field biologist for NJ Fish and Wildlife.  She was also accepted as a “Research Experience for Undergraduates” Fellow in Costa Rica, and published her research in the journal, Forest Ecology and Management.  

Rose holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of New Orleans.


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