Dottie George is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Redlands. Backpacking and skiing in the Sierras inspired her love for the mountains. During her career as an elementary school teacher in San Juan Capistrano, California, she began writing curricula for her district’s environmental education program, Project Earth, and eventually became the project’s director. One of her objectives for retirement was to continue sharing her love of the natural world with students. She has been a part of the Four Mile Ranch program since 2008.