Jason Googins’ true passion is nature even though he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Davenport University and has 23 years in the printing industry. He is a graduate of MSU extension’s master naturalist program. He is also a citizen forester, a certified Michigan Natural Shoreline Professional, and a burn crew leader. He also holds an MDARD commercial pesticide applicator license, which he uses on invasive plants as part of the Kent Conservation District Strike Team. He works with and volunteers for many organizations, including Kent Conservation District, Plaster Creek Stewards, The Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Friends of Conservation. He has also worked in native plant landscaping and installation, particularly along shorelines with Fen View Design. He has also given speeches and taught classes about native plants. He serves on several the boards, including Friends of Conservation. In his spare time, he is activity involved in his community and in Ken-O-Sha Park, completing a one acre of prairie-meadow installation.