Meet the WOLF Staff!

The WOLF School staff have a zeal for the oudoors and science, excited to share their passions with students, chaperones, and teachers throughout California.  Our Program Directors and Naturalists hold college degrees and are professionals in environmental education with backgrounds in science, history, community building, education, and working with children.  The experience and diverse backgrounds of our staff come together to create a safe and dynamic education program that students will never forget. 

 "Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach." ~ Albert Einstein

Administrative Staff

Heather Butler


 Heather Butler has been the Director of the WOLF School since 1999.  She graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in Human Biology and Comparative Literature, and received   her Teaching Credential from Chapman University in 2005.  Heather is a board member and past president of CA’s Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) and is a past board member of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.   

Desiree Gant

Administrative Assistant & Teacher Liaison

Desiree Gant is WOLF’s Marketing and Customer Relations Liaison. She received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and then received her M.S. in Education and a Teaching Credential. She has worked as a Naturalist and Program Director at the WOLF School and also as an Interpreter for the California State Parks.

Nik Sadler

Program Coordinator   

Nik Sadler is the Program Coordinator at WOLF. He grew up in Southern California and got his B.S. and M.S. from UC San Diego. He’s worked at the San Diego Zoo, a butterfly garden in Costa Rica, and at the San Diego Safari Park. He says he “hopes that by teaching others about the importance of all things in nature and how everything is interdependent on each other, we will together create a better future for all forms of life.”

Core Naturalists

Marie Kraemer Wegrich


Marie Kraemer Wegrich has been a WOLF Naturalist for the past 6 years. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. Marie has worked for California Department of Fish and Game studying bay area herring and salmon, has taught kindergarten, and taught science to homeschoolers.

Jeremy Lin


Jeremy Lin has a deep seated passion for natural resource conservation which led him to the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz where he studied Natural History and helped coordinate conservation programs at the Resource Conservation District. 

Chris Soriano


Chris Soriano is a WOLF School Naturalist and holds a B.S. in Animal Behavior and Evolutionary Biology from Evergreen State College.