California’s greatest living outdoor educator, avid outdoorsman – 2009
The impact that Lemos has had on others, as well as his own adventures, makes him California’s greatest outdoor educator. Lemos has led more than 50 national and international wilderness excursions for high school students, college students and adults.
His passions span the range of the outdoors. Lemos is an avid hiker, biker, sailor, scuba and skin diver, kayaker, surfer, natural historian, and fisherman. In 1992, he earned a doctorate in education and his dissertation documented the curriculum and benefits of his wilderness experience courses. In 1999, he helped win a grant to start the advanced placement ecology and eco-literacy course at Mendocino High School, now considered a template for environmental education.
Since he retired from teaching in 2008, Dr. Lemos now devotes his time to land conservation and education as a monitor for Mendocino County conservation easements through his own environmental consulting business, Daylight Ducks Consulting. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Mendocino Land Trust’s Big River committee, providing stewardship for Big River, one of California’s longest undeveloped river estuaries. He has also devoted hundreds of hours helping create a unified community proposal for marine conservation areas in Northern California by serving on the North Coast Regional Stakeholder’s group for the Marine Life Protection Act.
During the past three years he has also helped create the Mendocino Abalone Watch, a citizen’s volunteer group that assists California Fish and Game with protecting the abalone resource on the Mendocino Coast. He has also become a certified California Reef Check volunteer, donating his time and underwater expertise in counting, measuring, and monitoring offshore populations of marine indicator species.
Finally, one of his most cherished and honored positions in the community is acting as the president of the Mendocino Fire Protection District that manages the fiscal responsibilities for the local volunteer Mendocino Fire Department.
In his spare time he loves woodworking, reading and writing, long hikes in the woods, and the joys of having a wonderful, dynamic family, many of whom still live in the Mendocino area.