Get Outdoors Florida!
The Get Outdoors Florida! coalition brings partners together to engage communities, families, and individuals in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier lifestyles while fostering an appreciation for Florida’s natural resources.
VISION : A diverse healthy Florida community that is connected with nature, exhibits a conservation ethic which incorporates recreational opportunities, and that ensures a sustainable future.
BRIEF HISTORY: Original members first met in October 2007 in response to the National Forum on Children & Nature, which includes a diverse group of private and public leaders, led by the President of the Conservation Fund and having Richard Louv as an honorary co-chair. In Florida this effort was initiated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida State Parks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, it rapidly evolved to include a diverse array of state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and concerned citizens who are energetically devoted to ensuring a healthier future for our youth and sustaining Florida's fish, wildlife and natural areas.
The Governance Plan is available for partners to review and comment on. We are an evolving coalition and welcome new partners and sponsors. The board of officers includes:
Board of Directors
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Director of Education
Natasha is the current director of education of the Tallahassee Museum. She develops and fosters community and academic partnerships for the Museum. Natasha is responsible for the development and oversight of all educational programs staff, public programs, and volunteers. She has 13 years of experience in education encompassing museum, classroom, and outdoor settings. And, she holds an MS degree in environmental policy and management, and a BA degree in anthropology.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Chief Financial Officer
Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida
Will Bradford is the current CFO of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. and the current CFO of Wildlife Foundation of Florida Mitigation Trust Funds, Inc. and Vice President of the FWC Employee Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. Mr. Bradford has seventeen years as a non-profit officer and Board Member.
His twenty-four years’ of experience crosses multiple organizational environments including information technology, telecommunications, wholesale trade, and construction.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Marketing and Sportfish Restoration Coordinator
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Bob Wattendorf, Secretary, was the original Chairman of Get Outdoors Florida! having collaborated with Robin Will to bring two separate initiatives to get children and families connected with nature and committed to conservation stewardship and healthy outdoor life styles. He worked with Florida’s fish and wildlife agencies in freshwater fisheries management and outreach for 37 years and has master’s degrees in Fisheries Science from NCSU and Executive Management from FSU.
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors
Supervisory Refuge Ranger
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Ms. Will has served the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., Panama City, and currently at St. Marks NWR. She supervises 6 employees and a complex visitor services program for over 300,000 visitors each year. Under her leadership the St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc. was established in 1987, which supports the educational and biological objectives of the refuge with over 350 members and over $160,000 gross receipts each year. Ms. Will has assisted numerous refuges in the southeast with exhibits, sign plans, publications, and public use reviews, as well as taught at Basic Refuge Academy, worked on Service Manual Chapters, participated on the writing team for the “People” chapter of the “Fulfilling the Promise” document, and served as the Region 4 representative on the national Visitor Services Career Pathways Promise Team.
|David Jones, M.D.
Board of Directors
Capital Health Plan
Dr. David Jones earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and then graduated from the Ohio State College of Medicine in 1980. After doing his pediatric residency and one year of a Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship at Emory in Atlanta; he joined Capital Health Plan as a general Pediatrician in 1984. He is active in his church; Killearn United Methodist and likes to hike, travel, play the tuba and plays golf. He has been married to his wife Dottie for 35 years and has 2 children. He is on the board of Big Bend Hospice, FSU-TCC Wesley Foundation and has been on the board of Get Outdoors Florida since 2008.
Board of Directors
Florida Forest Service/Friends of Florida State Forests
Doug Ott joined the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) Division of Marketing in 2012. He utilized his marketing and business development skills in promoting and increasing membership to the "Fresh from Florida" program statewide and recruited seven of the "Top 100 garden center chains in America, and managing a $300,000 marketing budget including TV, Digital, radio, magazine advertising and tradeshows. In the Fall of 2013, he was promoted to the Florida Forest Service as Program Coordinator for "Friends of Florida State Forests," where he now leads in the recruitment of new members and donors to our 37 state forests in reforestation, recreation, exotic plant removal, equipment and special projects. Doug attended Florida Southern College, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from ORU, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife Psalmody reside in Tallahassee with their sons Doug and Levi.
Board of Directors
Assistant Director, Healthy Schools
Florida Department of Education
Nichole Wilder joined the Florida Department of Education in 2007 as the Physical Education Coordinator, and became the Assistant Director of the Office of Healthy Schools in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida State University. Nichole has 16 years of experience in education, including 9 years as an elementary physical education teacher prior to joining the Florida Department of Education.
History of Chairs:
Bob Wattendorf 2008-2012
Robin Will 2012-2014
Rosemary Prince 2014-2016
*Get Outdoors Florida! is a not-for-profit corporation [IRS 501 (c) (3)], Federal EIN #27-0532847. Neither goods were received nor services rendered for this donation.
Florida Registration # CH33892: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
For comments or suggestions, please contact: Bob Wattendorf.