Don Burgess , PhD


Educational & Professional Experience

Don Burgess is a faculty member in Science Education and the Department of Secondary Education. His research interests include biophilia, "green" design, teachers’ views of the nature of science and children’s perceptions of the nature. Previously Don taught middle and high school science in rural upstate New York. He also taught and later directed the National Audubon Ecology workshops for teachers on Hog Island, Maine for twelve years. Offering a naturalist’s sensibilities, Don helped establish the Sleeping Lady Retreat in Leavenworth, Washington. He was director of the North Cascade Environmental Learning Center for eight years and partnered with the College of the Environment to develop a graduate program in Non-profit Administration and Leadership. Don has performed extensive fieldwork throughout the northwest and SE Alaska including surveys of threatened, endangered or sensitive plants and birds. Don has a passion for birds and an inordinate fondness for chickadees.