Ranger Ted

CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA NATURALIST:   Ted Mattison received his naturalist credential from the Tejon Ranch Conservancy in cooperation with the University of California Davis. 


WILDERNESS FIRST AID: Ted is certifed by the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wilderness First Aid.


OUTDOORSMAN Ted's experience in the outdoors is extensive.  Born in Minnesota he was quickly introduced to the drastic seasons of his home state.  His family trips to the lakes of Northern Minnesota solidified his attachment to the great outdoors.  He's since built a cabin on one of those lakes.  He's kayaked, canoed, hiked, biked and camped all across the country from Alaska to Hawaii; from the Cascades to Catalina; from Yosemite to Joshua Tree.


SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER  Ted has a Master's Degree in Secondary Social Studies education.  He's taught in public and private schools to kids of all ages from New Jersey to Minnesota to Los Angeles.


HUSBAND AND FATHER lives in Atwater Village just blocks from the L.A. River.  He and his wife have just recenlty welcomed their brand new baby daughter.


ACTOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR: Ted has been a working actor in Los Angeles for over 20 years.  He has extensive credits in comm,ercials, television, film and theatre.  He's an award winning documentary filmmaker and now also teaching acting at the highly regarded Seydways Acting Studios.

Get to know Ted: Watch a Video

Geo Caching with Ranger Ted

Ted explains how much fun it is to go Geo Caching.  The perfect outdoor activity for kids and adults!

Griffith Park Overview

Ranger Ted takes you around this amazing park in just 4 minutes

Sepulveda Basin Goose!

Ranger Ted shows how big the lake at the Sepulveda Basin and how important it is to always respect wildlife...especially geese!

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 Ranger Ted is committed to sharing the great outdoors with people of all ages and abilities one hiking adventure at at time.  As a California Naturalist and expert hiking guide he believes that ground level interaction with the natural world greatly enhances the physical and mental health of all people.  He believes that greater bio-diversity is the key to a healthy planet which includes all species of animals and plants of which we humans are an integral part.  Ranger Ted knows that children who explore the natural world in unique, independent and imaginative ways learn a multitude of skills including confidence, leadership, curiousness, patience, stewardship and problem solving to name just a few.