Corky McReynolds, PhD, CPF
Charles “Corky” McReynolds, PhD, is Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, and Director of Treehaven. Corky develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic planning, nature center management, and leadership. He has facilitated and trained facilitators for strategic planning processes at nature centers, state agencies and national organizations. Corky’s research, teaching and consulting focuses on leadership and enhancing organizational change through effective individual and group processes. His workshops are known for high activity, involvement and fun. In 2004, Corky received the profession’s highest honor, the National Leadership Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators. In 2013, Corky earned the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) from the International Association of Facilitators.
BS, Grand Valley State University, Michigan; MS, Michigan State University; PhD, Continuing Education/Leadership-University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM-Hosler Award for dissertation)
Staff development/EE consultant to K-12 districts. (1975-1985), 37 years of successful development and administration of two environmental learning centers. (1975-current), University undergraduate and graduate level teaching, advising and research. (current), consulting: developed, advised and facilitated over 130 projects since 1993 for strategic planning, leadership, team development and executive search for small nonprofits, professional organizations, networks, and agencies.
Treehaven's facilities rest on an ancient glacial ridge that overlooks 1,400 acres of forest and wetland habitat that hosts an abundance of wildlife species including osprey, deer, black bear, wolf, coyote, and fisher. Facilities include a large classroom/conference center, two residential dormitory buildings that provide overnight accommodations for up to 125 people, and full food service capability. Of course, the featured "facility" is natures own handiwork 1,400 acres of outdoor classroom space with rustic trails.
Eight permanent employees and over 20 affiliated staff - mostly teachers and educators - help Treehaven serve over 25,000 people each year with courses, seminars, workshops, Elderhostel's, school and youth programs, and business gatherings. A public, non-profit facility operated by the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources - the nation's largest undergraduate natural resources program - Treehaven relies on usage fees and donations for much of its operating budget with limited support from state tax dollars.
Treehaven's mission is guided by the Treehaven Board of Advisors with support from the Friends of Treehaven, a group of volunteers who raise funds to support programs, land management and buildings of the center. Treehaven hosts a wide variety of year 'round programming in environmental and natural resource education. Programs range in scope from working with school aged children in environmental lessons to adult weekend workshops in topics such as snowshoe construction or wolf ecology. With our 1,400 acres of "north country" forest and wild lands, Treehaven is a great place to work and meet new people.