Benno Lyon (based in the Portland-Metro Area) has been an Outdoor School advocate since attending the program in sixth grade, which led to him working as an environmental educator and a middle school science teacher for nearly 20 years. Benno is eager to help expand access to experiential, outdoor science education for all students, particularly the most underserved and marginalized communities of the Portland Metro region. Benno earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon in 1997, and his Masters in Teaching from Pacific University in 2002. Benno lives on four acres near the Sandy River, and spends much of his time with his wife and two children, growing vegetables, hiking the riverbank, and trying to be a good steward of the land he calls home.