Scott Dean joins the Snowbird family for the second time in this 2013 season. Scott will be leading wildlife and wildflower walks in the areas surrounding the Lodge.
Scott was born and raised in the mountains of southern Appalachia, and Asheville has been his home since 1992. He attended UNC-Asheville, earning a degree in biology, with a focus on the flora and fauna of the southern Appalachians.
For the last nineteen years he’s been a walk leader for UNC-Asheville’s annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. He’s also led wildlife and wildflower walks at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, where he worked for a year building the cougar and bobcat habitats, and served as First Vice President of the Friends of the Nature Center as well as serving on the Town of Weaverville Tree Board. He developed the curricula, and teaches field classes for the Blue Ridge Naturalist program offered at the N. C. Arboretum.
Scott lives in East Asheville with Zoot (the wonder dog) and Sushi (the spastic cat). When not leading natural history programs in the region, he enjoys gardening, hiking, backpacking, and playing around with various stringed, wind, and percussion instruments.