Delmar Lathers

Delmar has lived and breathed Topanga Canyon since 1965, and has spent considerable time working in the Santa Monica Mountains as a docent for Topanga State Park, and a naturalist for Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Sycamore Canyon, Leo Carillo State Park and Cold Creek Canyon Preserve.  He currently works as a naturalist for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM), where he helps to restore habitats and animal populations for the Southern Steelhead Trout Project, the Endangered Tide Water Gobi Project, the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Project and the Western Pond Turtle Project.  Delmar began his pursuit of Primitive Skills in 1977 and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Manzanita community, though he’ll be the first to tell you he still learns something new everyday.  In addition to his environmental work, Delmar is a highly skilled ceramicist and has practiced ceramics since the age of 6.  He has been teaching pottery for 20 years, and is thrilled to bring his knowledge and expertise into the Manzanita classroom.