Joel Grogan is the Program Coordinator of Environmental Horticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College. He teaches courses in plant science and propagation, plant identification, landscape design, and other horticultural topics. Joel has worked as a professional landscape designer since 2014. He has over 10 years of experience in the environmental field, including riparian vegetation and restoration, urban water conservation, urban forestry, and landscape construction and design. He earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies & Planning from Sonoma State University (2006), a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon (2014), and is a licensed landscape contractor, ISA Certified Arborist, and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL). Joel’s family had a love of nature and wilderness. One grandfather was a forester, the other was an early adopter of backpacking (1970s) and visited every lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. His mother would take the family out to the Millville plains (near Mt Lassen) in the spring and walk around looking at the wildflowers. Joel spent much of his childhood playing and exploring along the tree-lined banks of the Sacramento River and is proud to call himself a fifth generation Californian.