Fred McPherson's Life in Service to Humanity (1938–2018)


Fred was a teacher and environmental educator for his whole life. He moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion in the 1960s where he taught high school in Pacifica. He soon moved to Boulder Creek in the San Lorenzo River Watershed where he lived for over 50 years and spent much of his time on efforts to safeguard and enhance the San Lorenzo River. He became an adept and highly accomplished videographer – producing videos with his wife and lifelong partner, Roberta, about the places and things he loved and that he wanted us to also love and to protect. His videos will keep his teaching active long into the future. His most recent video, Exploring the Turkey Foot of the San Lorenzo River, was shown at our last Board meeting to great acclaim. Many of his videos can be seen on, under the subscription name, “Santa Cruz Mountains Natural History”.