Author and Lecturer in Santa Cruz, California
A devoted educator and emerita professor at Idaho State University, Traci Bliss has dedicated her career to educational reform. She has published a variety of books and journal articles on the topic. Outside of her teaching career, Traci Bliss has also conducted extensive research into the history of Santa Cruz, California, and the creation of its redwood state parks.
In 2009, Traci Bliss joined Henry Cowell Redwood State Park as a docent. In this role, she assists park visitors and shares the history and culture of the park and its surrounding areas. Located six miles north of Santa Cruz, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park is part of the Mountain Parks Foundation, which also includes Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest state park in California. Her discoveries about the history of the park are included in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Journal #7: Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains - A Split History.
Dr. Bliss received a doctor of philosophy from Stanford University, where she also earned her master and bachelor of arts. In addition, she holds a master of public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.