About Walt Anderson


Yup, I’ve got some.  I’ve had a lifelong internship with Mother Nature, which has been complemented by so-called higher education at three universities: BS With Highest Honors in Wildlife Biology (Washington State University), MS in Wildlife Biology (University of Arizona), and PhD candidacy (ABD) (University of Michigan).   For a listing of honors, awards, degrees, service, and the like, see my Prescott College webpage.

I’m always learning—that’s the force that drives a naturalist.  There’s always room for making more mistakes—and learning from them.

At the same time, I love to share, so teaching is a passion and calling.  I’ve taught many classes and mentored independent studies since coming to Prescott College in 1991.  Subjects that interest me include the following: Animal Behavior, Biogeography, Conservation Biology, Diversity of Life, Ecotourism, Evolutionary Ecology, Environmental Education, Field Biology, Flowering Plants,  Interpreting Nature through Art & Photography, Ornithology, Plant Ecology, Sociobiology, Southwest Natural History, Wetland Ecology & Management, and Wildlife Management.  That’s the short list.  In the summer of 2014, I am teaching Predators & Prey: Ecology & Management in the Colorado Rockies.

I love using artistic digital images and the power of words to speak to groups, and I’ve given presentations hundreds of times, from small groups up to large audiences at the California Academy of Sciences and Oakland Museum.  I’ve delivered keynote addresses at various festivals and conferences, and I make it fun for myself and the audience.  If interested in a possible presentation, please contact me at geolobo@cableone.net.

For over 35 years I have led international and domestic natural history and photography tours and workshops.  I consider myself one of the pioneers in the field of ecotourism from the US (but I still have youthful energy despite all those years of experience).  I am an expert in field identification of organisms; in teaching ecological concepts and natural history; in collaborating with foundations, NGO’s, and local groups; and in group dynamics.

Here are some of the places I’ve taught in the field: Argentina, Australia, Argentina, Antarctica, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador & Galapagos, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Madagascar, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and California.  Client organizations include American Orient Express, Betchart Expeditions, California Academy of Sciences, Cheeseman Ecology Safaris, Cincinnati Nature Center, Connecticut Audubon, Friends of the National Zoo, Oakland Museum, Prescott College, Stanford Alumni Assoc., Smithsonian Institution, and World Wildlife Fund.

Periodically I lead in-depth trips for the public, so please let me know if you’d like to be on a mail list.  Check back here occasionally for announcements of trips or local workshops.

East Africa remains my favorite destination.  I led my first trip there in 1979, and have returned many times since then, most recently in July 2013 and June 2015 to Tanzania.   Fantastic trips!  My former Master’s student, Augustine Mwangotya, did his advanced degree with me at Prescott College in Conservation Biology & Ecotourism.  I would be happy to connect you with him if you are interested in a personalized safari.

Currently I am planning more safaris for 2016 and 2017, so please let me know if interested.  I will post more details later.

9 thoughts on “About Walt Anderson

  1. Hi Walt,
    It was great to meet you today at Sarah’s thesis presentation at Prescott College, and I look forward to seeing you again on Sunday when Sarah graduates.
    Thanks for giving me your card and telling me about your blog. I just watched Walt and Beaver (sound like Leave it to Beaver!) — very nicely done! Your website is giving me ideas for similar projects in Colorado. See you again soon.
    Thank you for all the careful and supportive work with Sarah on her Master’s Degree. She clearly thinks very highly of you.
    All the best,
    Boyce A. Drummond, Ph.D.
    Visiting Associate Professor
    Department of Biology
    Colorado College
    14 East Cache la Poudre
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    Office: Olin Hall 464
    Phone: 719-389-6240
    Fax: 719-389-6290
    Cell: 970-690-7455

  2. Walt,

    Very impressive images. All of them reasons I really love this place!!!
    Would you be interested in presenting a 30 minute talk to our camera
    club (Yavapai Digital Arts Photo Club) sometime this summer or fall? Topic
    would be your choice.

    Gayle Lucci 928 445-5930


  4. Greetings Walt,

    I so appreciate your animal photography (and humor). Thank you for your presentation for OLLI. Would you please put me on your email list for animal adventure trips. Also would love to see more of your photography. Any exhibits on the horizon?

    Janice Jessup

  5. Hi Walt,
    You are one of my role models. I hope to meet you along the course of my studies and adventures, as currently I am only a high school junior in Chapel Hill, NC. Prescott College has recently caught my attention, and I have a very strong passion for studying conservation biology.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration!
    Samantha Clement

    • Hi, Samantha. Thank you for your enthusiastic comment. It sounds like you would be a natural for Prescott College. Please keep in touch! Held in Nature is a lovely theme. I look forward to continuing communication. Walt

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