Dan Whitten is a naturalist who graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. He retired from Michelin North America after 30 years and began to renew his study of nature by taking the Upstate Master Naturalist Class in 2008, the Catawba Master Naturalist Class in 2010, and the Lowcountry Master Naturalist class in 2016. He became a SC State Certified Naturalist in 2014. He serves on the boards of the SC Native Plant Society, Foothills Trail Conservancy, Friends of Jocassee, and the Tyger River Foundation. He works part time as a naturalist guide and hiking guide with Jocassee Lake Tours and as a Poll Manager with Spartanburg Co. Election Commission. Dan and his wife Sherrie have 2 married daughters and 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. They have lived in Spartanburg since 1980.