Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Meet Lorisa Watkins, Program Services Coordinator

The Mountaineers Foundation is pleased to introduce Lorisa Watkins, our new Program Services Coordinator.

We are growing and working on amazing plans for the Rhododendron Preserve, conservation education, and offering conservation education grants to other local organization with ties to the Salish Sea. We are excited about our future, and Lorisa’s role in helping us develop and deploy new programs and events.

Lorisa Watkins

Lorisa Watkins, Program Services Coordinator

As Program Services Coordinator, Lorisa coordinates activities to assist the Mountaineers Foundation in carrying out conservation stewardship and environmental education within the Rhododendron Preserve.

A native Washingtonian, Lorisa is proud to call the Kitsap Peninsula her home. She feels fortunate to live 5 minutes away from the Rhododendron Preserve, and is very excited to be working in her “neck of the woods”.

Lorisa holds a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Policy with a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, and has over 16 years of experience as a water quality professional. She has worked for the Department of Ecology’s Manchester Environmental Laboratory, Kitsap County Public Works Wastewater Department, and served West Sound Utility District (WSUD) as a laboratory analyst and non-formal public educator.

She has developed education outreach programs for the public, and volunteers for the South Kitsap Schools District as an advisor for Career and Technical Education and for the STEM Program.

Lorisa brings with her a spirit of service and a joy for helping students and community members understand environmental preservation.

She can be reached at or 360-602-2362.