Meet John Seyfarth

by Jan Whitmer

John Seyfarth's lifelong enthusiasm for nature and the environment is contagious. His passion dates back to camping trips in the Rockies as a kid and, later, working summers for the National Park Service in Yellowstone, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. One of his most vivid memories is from his first summer job as part of a survey crew, standing on the Continental Divide in Wyoming's Shoshone National Forest, thinking, "I can't believe I'm getting paid for this!"

Growing up in Denver, John claims that he took every science class offered in high school and then went on to graduate from Cornell University with a degree in engineering. After a three-year stint in the Navy, he earned a business degree from Stanford and decided to settle down in this area. Before his retirement, John worked for twenty years at Hewlett-Packard, as well as several small companies on a consulting basis.

Not surprisingly, John's hobbies involve the outdoors. In college, he was an avid backpacker, skier, biker and hiker. He and his wife Carolyn have enjoyed bike trips in Alaska, Canada, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. Their honeymoon was a bike trip over Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park! Later, the Seyfarth family, including three sons, Scott, Eric, and Greg, explored nature while car camping. John was also a Scout leader and is a "veteran of more than I can remember school field trips and Scout outings to the Baylands, the gold country, and every Bay Area park in between." Another of John's hobbies is an interest in steam trains and historic railways, which he inherited from his father, as their family loved exploring deserted mining towns and railroads in Colorado.

After retirement, John became a docent at Hidden Villa. Always interested in learning more, he read an article about the Environmental Volunteers, took the training last spring, and is now passionately sharing his love of nature with even more young people-and having great fun at the same time. Thank you, John, for your genuine, enthusiastic commitment.


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