Missoula Native Don Collins is probably best known in the state as the Co-Founder (with Jim Caron) of the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Don lives in Seattle where he works as a professional singer and actor, arts development specialist and entrepreneur businessman. He is currently working on a new meal planning and cooking website and app to help tired or novice cooks plan and cook daily healthful meals.
From his childhood Don remembers watching his older brother go through his boy scout paces in the summers at Camp Paxson. He was reintroduced to Camp Paxson through his development activities with MCT during the time they were managing the camp previous to the formation of CPPP. During that time Don led numerous educational outreach programs including an outdoor education partnership in conjunction with the US Forest Service. He has become a firm believer of the power of experiential education and feels strongly that outdoor education accomplishes profound results by taking kids out of the classroom to learn through the outdoor experience while developing an understanding of their “place” on this planet they call home.
Tim served as District Ranger for the Seeley Lake Ranger District on the Lolo National Forest for nearly twenty years. He started with the USDA Forest Service in 1975 and served in a variety of capacities on the Custer, Lewis & Clark, & Lolo National Forests. He served in the US Air Force following high school, and then returned to his home in Missoula where he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters.
Tim is currently serving as Coordinator for the Montana Forest Collaboration Network & as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Forestry at the University of Montana.
Tim remains active in forestry and has served on numerous community and non-profit Boards. His wife Donna is author of children’s nature books. The couple has three grown children and two granddaughters.
A graduate of the University of Montana, Gary is president and CEO of Heritage Research Center, Ltd., a private corporation founded in 1981 to contract historical research services, That work pertains to both cultural and natural resource management issues and litigation support for environmental concerns. He directed extensive research identifying historical pollution sources at major Superfund sites from Seattle to Tampa, Los Angeles to New York, and a host of locations across the US. He has authored or co-authored histories of forest management for numerous Indian nations around the country, including the Flathead and several others in Montana.
Gary was a founding board member of the Montana Preservation Alliance, former board member of Friends of the Fort Missoula Historical Museum; and past chair of the National Council on Public History’s consultants working group.
Growing up in Western Montana, Gary enjoyed the many benefits of outdoor recreation. The associated memories make him a strong advocate for preserving historic Camp Paxson and its grounds. He has a special fondness for researching and recording its history to enhance the Camp Paxson experience through education and site interpretation.
Pi Property Management
John and Libby took on the management of Camp Paxson with the vision of becoming the region’s Center for Outdoor Education. With over 25 years of management experience, the facility has become an iconic piece of United States Forest Service property.
Through our shared desire to serve youth of all backgrounds, we pride ourselves in our mission based work to advance the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and natural legacy of Camp Paxson.