Susan Ballinger, Course Instructor

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Susan Ballinger

Susan Ballinger

Susan Ballinger – Biologist, Naturalist & Educator

Susan Ballinger is the course designer and instructor. As a biologist, naturalist, and educator, Susan Ballinger is respected for her depth of knowledge and ability to inspire. Raised in Montana, Susan developed a love of the outdoors that led to advanced degrees in Biology and Education and a career-long commitment to making science understandable to the non-scientist. Her passion for experiential learning is evident decade-long work developing science field experiences for regional school districts. An energetic volunteer, she has served on the boards of the Washington Native Plant Society and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and is a citizen science volunteer for botany and bird projects. Susan also currently works as a Conservation Fellow CDLT.  When not researching, writing and teaching, you’ll find Susan in the foothills she loves, often joined by her husband Paul. Susan will be happy to answer questions about the Wenatchee Naturalist program. Contact her at 509.669.7820 or email

Read Susan’s first “Culture of Conservation” column in the Wenatchee World, where she introduces her interest in local nature history.  Read her newspaper articles here.