Dan Whitten is a naturalist living in the Spartanburg County since 1980. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. He retired from Michelin North America after 30 years and began to renew his study of nature by taking the Upstate Master Naturalist Class in 2008 and the Catawba Master Naturalist Class in 2010, and the Low Country Master Naturalist class in 2016. He became a SC state certified naturalist in 2014. He serves on the boards of the SC Native Plant Society, Foothills Trail Conference, Friends of Jocassee, and the Tyger River Foundation. Dan presently serves as the president of the Upstate Chapter of the SC Native Plant Society.
He works part time with Spartanburg County Parks leading outdoor recreation outings as well as part time with SC Parks teaching forest ecology at Table Rock State Park for the Discover Carolina program.