Dayna Gross has been with The Nature Conservancy since 2003 when she started as the Silver Creek Preserve assistant. She is now the Silver Creek watershed manager. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in landscape architecture and is currently licensed as a landscape architect in Idaho. In 2005, after a hiatus from Silver Creek, she earned a MS in recreation management and conservation from the University of Montana where her thesis focused on the social acceptability of stream restoration. She has a passion for water conservation and high desert ecosystems which have led her to work in the freshwater field in central Idaho.
Her husband is a landscaper, an avid fly fisherman and skier, and her two young boys are budding entomologists and artists. They currently live on Silver Creek Preserve and enjoy hiking, exploring, painting, and anything that brings them outside.
It's true that not many people show up for their birthday parties. But Dayna Gross' kids track the seasons by elk bugles, play in the stream whenever they want and roam freely. Here's what it's like to grow up on a nature preserve -- and to be a "preserve parent." More
Forty years ago, Idaho communities and The Nature Conservancy came together to protect Silver Creek, now a widely-heralded conservation success and world-famous trout stream. Is a similar story beginning in Argentina? Silver Creek conservation manager Dayna Gross reflects. More
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