Richard W. Halsey, Director & Founder of the California Chaparral Institute

Besides being the Chaparral Institute's director for the past 17 years, Richard is also a writer, photographer, and a guide to help others reconnect with Nature and their wild, inner selves.

Richard loves sharing the magic of Nature best but is sometimes forced to lead CCI's efforts to take government agencies to court when they plan things that would destroy that magic. He started teaching biology as a 16-year-old volunteer naturalist at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California, enjoyed college, then taught high school biology for a couple of decades until he realized the educational system is more interested in serving itself than the kids. He’s written a handful of research papers, a book, contributed to a few more, but his current favorite is his new coloring book of the chaparral.

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