Jay Joppa

Residence: West of Minocqua, WI

Career: Retired middle school/high school science teacher; principal.

Personal: Growing up in a city but loving his grandparents’ home in the Northwoods, Jay was inspired to pursue biology in his undergraduate and graduate course work after getting involved in the conservation movement.  Reading the works of Aldo Leopold and John Muir inspired him to go into education, as it is Jay’s strong belief that many of our country’s problems, both social and environmental, can be solved through education.

Jay enjoys exploring in any type of weather, traveling by pickup, kayak, canoe, cross-country skis or snowshoes, and he enjoys trout fishing and grouse hunting with his French Brittany.

Jay’s mentor was his father, who taught him how and why to respect nature.

Why become a Master Naturalist?  Jay really enjoys learning new things about nature and will hopefully have the opportunity to share this knowledge with others.

Favorite Resources:  A Sand County Almanac. He is also a student of Charles Darwin and John Muir.

Words of Wisdom:  “Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf.” – Aldo Leopold