Gary Swick used his BS in Natural Resource Mgt. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a MSEd in Outdoor Teacher Education as the foundation for developing a field-based High School Environmental Science suite of eight courses. The related projects have earned numerous state & national acclaim for their innovative approaches and impressive results. Individually, Gary has received several recognitions on the national level as an outstanding Environmental Educator. With the motto, “Environmental Action through Education”, his students have been active agents of change in their communities. His primary focus has been getting students into their local streams as “Watershed Watchdogs”, collecting data and becoming stewards.
In addition to teaching, Gary spent 18 summers as a whitewater raft guide in Wyoming. He currently is an Instructor at Northern Illinois University, focusing on sustainable culture, and is a faculty advisor for the NIU Green Paws and CommUniversity Garden student groups. Gary serves as the President of the Friends of the Fox River, and is a board member on several other non-profit conservation groups. He is an avid outdoor recreationist.