Rick Flores is Associate Director and Steward of the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program (AMRP) at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. His professional experience at the Arboretum is with California native plants, but currently oversees the work of maintaining all of the Arboretum’s core plant collection displays. As Steward of the AMRP, Rick fosters the relationship between the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Arboretum, oversees educational programming, and helps develop displays of culturally important native plants.
When not at the Arboretum, Rick enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, bird watching, and just generally being outdoors, in addition to spending time with family and friends. Rick has worked at the Arboretum for over 25 years and holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSC.