Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: BIOGRAPHY
Series 22: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Director of Environmental Education
1980 – 1981
DAVID SIEGENTHALER Staff
Environmental Education Program Coordinator
February 1980 – January 1981
TAGS: David Siegenthaler, program coordinators, Environmental Education program, Pine Mountain Settlement School, environmental education, George Williams College, social science, community organizing, Scott Mathies, Delores Nice Siegenthaler, National Park Service, Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, Agassiz Audubon Society, Federal Lands to Parks, theology, eco-justice ministers, Presbytery of San Francisco, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Theological Union
DAVID SIEGENTHALER Before Pine Mountain
David Siegenthaler attended Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, from c. 1968 to 1972.
He began his college studies at George Williams College, Downers Grove, Illinois, as a social science major, concentrating in the area of community studies and community organizing. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1976, he remained at George Williams College until 1979 to earn a master of science degree in environmental resource administration and interpretation.
DAVID SIEGENTHALER At Pine Mountain
David came to Pine Mountain in February 1980 after a short time with the National Park Service (NPS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. His education and experience prepared him well to serve as program coordinator of environmental education (EE) at the School.
Scott Mathies, another early EE staff member (1979-1980), remembers in a narrative about his years at Pine Mountain: “[W]e enjoyed and learned from each other and made lifelong friends.” He tells of several marriages among the staff, including his own and that of David’s to Delores (“Dee”) Nice, an EE intern in 1980 and EE teacher in 1981.
Dee and David left Pine Mountain in January 1981.
DAVID SIEGENTHALER After Pine Mountain
Since leaving Pine Mountain, David’s career has continued to be focused on matters related to the natural environment.
Soon after his EE teaching position at Pine Mountain, David worked for a year with Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest in Livingston, KY, as technical network coordinator and resource center manager. He dealt with issues concerning illegal coal mining, water quality, alternative and appropriate technologies, social justice, land preservation, land trust establishment, legal environmental regulation, and the transfer of enforcement to the states.
He then moved on to work as a Wetlands, Pines, and Prairie Audubon Sanctuary manager at the Agassiz Audubon Society in Warren, Minnesota, from 1942 until 1984.
For the next 27 years, he served as a supervisory ranger and specialist for the National Park Service, working in locations such as North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and Yosemite National Parks. From 1977 until 2004 his experiences included back-country trail and lake patrols, fire fighting and fire information officer, minor law enforcement, search and rescue, back-country and front-country interpretation, resource management/restoration, public outreach, park and interpretive planning, litigation support, staff supervision, interdisciplinary communications team leader.
David’s most recent occupation was again with the National Park Service in San Francisco. As a regional program manager of the Federal Lands to Parks program, he oversaw several state and local assistance programs for the western region of the NPS. This program conveys federal surplus real property to state and local governments for public parks and provides compliance oversight to insure those parks are protected in perpetuity.
At the same time, David has done volunteer work as an eco-justice minister at large for the Presbytery of San Francisco. He had earned a Master of Divinity degree focusing on theology and ethics in 1995 at the Austin (Texas) Presbyterian Theological Seminary. By 2010, he had earned a Ph.D. at the Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His dissertation was titled, The Human Role In Nature: A Case Study Analysis of Yosemite Planning Processes Employing H. Richard Niebuhr’s Symbol of Responsibility.
David and Delores are currently living in Poulsbo, Washington.
GALLERY: DAVID SIEGENTHALER Staff
|Alt. Title||David A. Siegenthaler|
|Creator||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Alt. Creator||Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;|
|Subject Keyword||David Siegenthaler, program coordinator, Environmental Education program, Pine Mountain Settlement School, environmental education, George Williams College, social science, community organizing, Scott Mathies, Delores Nice Siegenthaler, National Park Service, Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, Agassiz Audubon Society, Federal Lands to Parks, theology, eco-justice ministers, Presbytery of San Francisco, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Theological Union|
|Subject LCSH||Siegenthaler, David.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
|Publisher||Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Type||Collections ; text ; image ;|
|Format||Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.|
|Source||Series 09: BIOGRAPHY
Series 22: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
|Relation||Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: BIOGRAPHY and Series 22: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION.|
|Coverage Temporal||c. 1968 – 2010|
|Coverage Spatial||Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Downers Grove, IL ; Warren, MN ; San Francisco, CA ; Berkeley, CA ; Poulsbo, WA ;|
|Rights||Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.|
|Description||Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of David Siegenthaler ; clippings, photographs, books by or about David Siegenthaler ;|
|Citation||“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.|
|Processed By||Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;|
|Sources||“David Siegenthaler,” Series 22: Environmental Education. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.
LinkedIn.com ; internet resource.
|Selected Bibliography||Siegenthaler, D. Earth Walk: A Deep Ecology Perspective and Critique of the Mainstream Environmental Movement.Unbound, 2012. – justiceunbound.org – Internet resource. (PDF)
Siegenthalder, David. https://www.facebook.com/david.siegenthaler
Siegenthaler, David Paul. The human role in nature: A case study analysis of Yosemite planning processes employing H. Richard Niebuhr’s symbol of responsibility. The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Dissertations Publishing, Degree Year 2010. Internet resource.
Siegenthaler, David. Project Wild (Project Tame). Institute for Earth Education, Cedar Grove, Greenville, WV 24935 (1986). Print. (Book)
BIOGRAPHY – A-Z
GUIDE TO “The Pine Mountain Story 1913-1980” – Written by Mary Rogers. Chapter 9 – Environmental Education Program
SCOTT MATHIES EE Narrative – Scott Mathies describes his experiences as a teacher in the Environmental Education Program in 1979-1981.