Dan Wyrick, Director of Nature By Design, has spent more than 30 years dedicating his expertise to the elementary and secondary science classroom.  Dan started his science teaching career in 1974 and until 1992 was in the 6-8 grade classroom.  Beginning in 1992, he switched his role and for the next seven years served as co-editor of the 5-8 grade science textbook series published by the Pacific Press.  Dan continues to serve in an advisory role for textbook revisions.  Nature By Design was developed and launched by Dan full time in 1999.  Initially, the program focused on week-long outdoor education programs but as demand grew, so did the variety of programs offered.  Since then, he has personally worked with thousands of students in various locations in California, Nevada, Washington, and Hawaii.

Dan Wyrick holds a Master’s degree in Science Education (1984) and a BA in Biology (1977) from Pacific Union College.  He holds two California State Teaching Credentials.  Dan has spent many years developing science curriculum and has an incredibly diverse set of program modules.  In addition, his intimate knowledge of both national and state education standards is worked into the programs and classes that he teaches.  His curricula correlates with the State of California Science Content Standardsset by the California State Board of Education and the National Science Education Standards set by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Dan Wyrick is a natural leader of people. He gives instruction clearly and in a way that motivates student, and all participants join in eagerly in the programs he has developed. Everyone who has ever been in a Nature By Design program has left enriched, educated, and motivated to gain an even broader understanding of outdoor science. The aim of “No child left indoors” is clearly met. As young adults participate and complete the programs, their self-esteem grows and they gain a clearer understanding of our role in nature.


Dan is a native Californian who was born and raised in Auburn in a modest country environment. His passion for outdoor recreation and learning stems from growing up in the foothills and exploring the creeks, meadows, and animal life that abounds in the Sierra. He learned to fly fish early in life, and his study and observations about entomology and fish habitat and patterns became one of his life-long passions. Dan was and is a curious man, and his desire to explore the great outdoors has led him to be an unparalleled fly fisherman.


A day spent with Nature By Design Director Dan Wyrick is not only like being with a walking encyclopedia of science, it is a great adventure as his love of the outdoors permeates his teaching methods and modules.

Join Dan on one of the many outdoor and expeditionary learning programs and allow yourself, teachers, parents, and students to enjoy the wonders of the natural world with this engaging and knowledgeable science teacher.