Don Philpott has almost 50 years' experience as an award-winning writer, journalist, marketing consultant, public relations practitioner and passionate campaigner for conservation and the environment. He has authored more than 215 books and published over 5,000 articles in newspapers and magazines.

The founder of Mediawise Communications, a specialist writing and PR firm, he developed an international client list and trained thousands of senior managers on effective media relations. In 1994, he became President of Mediawise U.S., based in Orlando, with clients that included Walt Disney World, NASA, Northrop Grumman, International Red Cross, Sara Lee, and Wrangler.

Currently the executive director of Friends of Florida State Parks, Don volunteers at Wekiwa Springs State Park where he helps run the nature center and interpretive programs, both within the park and as part of the outreach program. In 2005 he was Florida State Parks Volunteer of the Year for services to the park service.

He is a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor, Florida Master Gardener and a Certified Nonprofit Executive