In 2008 the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance awarded him their “Hats Off Award” for his work in “getting citizens involved in keeping Jackson Hole wild and beautiful.”
Rich’s commitment to the environment began early on, when he received a BS in Renewable Natural Resources from University of California at Davis, followed by an MA in Experiential Environmental Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. During a 30-year field career Rich taught at Yosemite Institute, Keystone Science School, Outward Bound, National Outdoor leadership School (NOLS) and Mountain Journeys (an eco-travel company he co-owned with his wife) throughout the western United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, India, Chile, Argentina, Tibet and Nepal. During his 40 years living in Jackson Hole, Rich also served as both Teton Science Schools’ Education Director (1980-1987) and Associate Executive Director/CFO (1996-2006), during which time he managed $40M in land and capital projects. He currently also serves on the board of the Melody Ranch Improvement & Service District. Rich is a passionate advocate and neighborhood organizer for land-use planning that complements our natural resource base. Rich and wife Rebecca Woods Bloom enjoy exploring mountain ranges and cultures around the world.
Favorite Raptor: Great Gray Owl (Strix Nebulosa)