Watershed Partners

Amy Verbeten

Amy Verbeten

Amy is the Education and Outreach Director for Friends of the Teton River. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Geology, from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts in Education from Prescott College, and a Colorado State teaching license with an endorsement in Secondary Science. Amy has been fortunate to combine her passion for education with her love for the outdoors, teaching hands-on science indoors and out since 1994. She has worked in the classroom as a math and science teacher at Red Canyon High School of Expeditionary Learning in Colorado, and a professor of biology and outdoor education at Colorado Mountain College. While employed at the Stanislaus County Office of Education in California, Amy worked to create and modify state outdoor school standards, and served on a committee to make recommendations on revision of the state Science Framework. She has authored several articles on environmental leadership and curriculum design for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Most recently, as the Youth Programs Director for the Gore Range Natural Science School in Colorado, Amy mentored graduate students in Natural Science Education, and worked with classroom teachers to develop standards-based natural science curriculum. Amy also serves as an advisor for graduate students in Prescott College'ss Master of Arts Program in Environmental Studies.

Dale Swenson

Dale Swenson

Dale Swenson has been the Executive Director for the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District since 1978. He was born and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Animal Science. Dale has also been a co-facilitator for the Henry'ss Fork Watershed Council since its formation in 1993. He is a member of the Idaho Water Users Association and the National Water Resources Association.

Steve Trafton

Steve Trafton

Steve Trafton has been the Executive Director of the Henry's Fork Foundation since 2002. Prior to moving to Idaho, Steve founded and ran Trout Unlimited's California office, where he focused on cooperative restoration projects targeting salmon and steelhead as well as inland native trout recovery efforts and state hatchery policy. A New England native and 1992 graduate of Harvard University, Steve spent four years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps before joining TU. Steve's articles on trout fishing and salmonid conservation have appeared in Fly Fisherman, California Fly Fisher, Northwest and Southwest Fly Fishing, The Drake, and Trout magazines. An avid fly fisherman since the age of seven, Steve is also a dedicated mountaineer and cross country skier. Melissa, Steve's wife, is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Art History. They are the parents of three girls Mary, Frances, and Elizabeth.