Raylene “Ray” McCalman

Raylene is no newcomer to epic landscapes and outdoor adventure. She spent her youth as a wild child, exploring the tide pools, mountains, and deserts of Southern California, before heading off to college in Santa Barbara where she combined her love of zoology and anthropology to specialize in zooarchaeology. It was during graduate school in New Mexico, studying anthropology and working as an applied anthropologist, where she refined her interests in ethnobiology and traditional ecological knowledge.

Guide Raylene out in the field

Guide Raylene conducts an archeology survey in Northern Colorado.

Raylene is truly in her element when she is out in the field, whether it is teaching ethnobotany and wildcrafting, documenting seasonal changes in plant communities, or working on native plant restoration projects. Having previously honed these skills and knowledge in the Four Corners and Rocky Mountain West, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is now the subject of her work. As an educator, Raylene is passionate about helping others grow their relationship and understanding of the natural world.

Raylene back in the day

One of our most experienced guides, Raylene is seen here years ago digging on a Mesolithic excavation in Southern Germany, where she was responsible for field cataloguing of ancient artifacts.


Raylene planting golden currants at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY in 2020 as part of a native plant restoration and botanical garden. Photo Credit Julie Ellison.