Staff Profile

Matt Lechmaier

SLEWS Director

Matt Lechmaier accepted the role of SLEWS Program Director in April 2017 after coordinating SLEWS projects throughout the Sacramento Valley since 2010. Prior to 2010, he earned a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and teaching credential from the University of Wisconsin. He taught high school science in Wisconsin for a year, and worked as an Environmental Educator in Montana, Wildlife Research Assistant in Wisconsin, Fish Biologist in Montana, and Restoration Technician in California before joining the Center for Land-Based Learning staff.

The SLEWS Program has allowed Matt to merge his interests in wildlife, habitat restoration, and education and his time in California sparked an interest in agriculture. He founded Kingfisher Farm in 2012 and distributes mixed organic fruits and vegetables through a seasonal CSA (community-supported agriculture). When he isn’t growing veggies or working for SLEWS, he can usually be found enjoying Putah Creek and the community of Winters where he lives with his wife and young daughter, their dog, and their flock of chickens.