Starcen Ellis holds a teaching degree in science from Appalachian State University. He has worked for many outdoor organizations and summer camps in WNC, and has been with Green River Preserve since it began in 1988. An experienced outdoorsman, Starcen was one of the first to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in the wintertime. He has extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna in our mountains, and loves to share what he knows with young people. In addition to environmental education, Starcen is an accomplished watercolor artist and storyteller.He is a landscape designer, specializing in water gardens. His painting and landscape projects can be seen around the Preserve.