Instructors

Hannah is from Columbus, Ohio and has always loved unconventional learning spaces. Growing up, she was often found helping out with educational programming at the local...

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Jameson is a science educator with a passion for investigating the ways that humans interact with the land, with technology, and with one another. Born and...

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Chandra Brown

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Chandra is an Alaska-born writer, Grand Canyon river guide, and educator. She has worked within the realm of river conservation, celebration, and communication since her 2010...

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Mel Buzzard

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Mel initially joined WRFI as a field instructor in 2017 and served as the organization’s Outreach Manager from 2019-2022. She grew up on the Hawaiian island...

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Kristian grew up in the suburbs of Miami and spent the bulk of his childhood playing video games in air-conditioned rooms. It wasn’t until late adolescence,...

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While Ashley calls Durango her home, your best bet in finding her these days is to listen for her classic “yeeooop” call as she summons a...

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Eva’s chief ambitions are to save the planet and to fix all social injustices, but in the meantime she teaches and guides on the Colorado Plateau....

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Kaleb spent his formative years slowly falling in love with the incredibly biodiverse chaparral landscape of Southern California. He spent summers in tents in the Sierra...

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Jessie Cubberly

Field Education Manager & Instructor

Jessie Cubberly (she/her) has dedicated her adult life to facilitating intimacy between people and place, driven by the questions: how have we, are we, and can...

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Natalie found a love of lifelong learning through trip planning in terrain without trails. Bushwhacking gave her the gumption to finish a PhD in wildlife biology...

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Steve Edwards grew up bouncing among the high plains of Wyoming, Montana’s Yellowstone country, Utah’s sandstone, and the volcanoes of central Oregon. He attributes his bad...

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Nina Elder

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Artist and researcher Nina Elder creates deep time perspectives where planets, geology, and ecosystems are in constellation with social issues and personal narratives. With a focus on changing...

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Lindsey’s (she/they) life thus far has been marked by the exciting and curious intersections between plants and humans. Growing up on the ancestral lands of the...

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Chelsea is a geologist and freelance cartographer who is passionate about our dynamic earth and communicating science to the public. She was raised in an eclectic...

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Stephanie Fisher

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Stephanie grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Western North Carolina where she spent much of her time exploring the French Broad River and surrounding...

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Erika grew up in the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with Montana during her undergraduate field conservation courses. During one class near Glacier National Park...

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Kitty Galloway grew up on island in the Salish Sea and spent her younger years exploring the rivers, forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. She...

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Mark developed his love for snow and aversion to mosquitos from childhood years in Minnesota and South Dakota. But it was seasonal employment in Glacier National...

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Charles splits his time between two very different mountain ranges, the deep Appalachian forests of West Virginia and the wide-open Rockies of Montana. For more than...

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Margot Higgins

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Margot has been teaching college students in and out of the field since 2005. Born and raised in the urban wilds of New York City, she...

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Before Zac knew any better, he had the wild idea of becoming an engineer. His thought was to play a part in the renewable energy revolution,...

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Chelsea Leven

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Chelsea’s love and curiosity for the natural world was born of muddy hands, frog-catching, and tree climbing as a child in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio....

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Nick Littman

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Nick grew up in the oak-spotted hills of northern California. Before settling in Montana he worked as a field biologist around the Northwest. In 2014, he graduated...

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In both her professional and free time, Olivia enjoys digging into the intersection of people and places. Currently, she works as a conservation specialist for The...

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Danny holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota, where he studied the effects of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on subalpine forests in...

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Ryan Arash Marsh is a first generation Iranian-American naturalist and organizer living in Fairbanks, Alaska. He grew up in coastal California amidst the oaks and chaparral...

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James grew up in the high desert of western Colorado, where he developed a passion for landscapes and the stories they record. College brought him to...

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Molly is an applied ecologist and enthusiastic wanderer of wild spaces. She identifies strongly with her current home’s landscape in Western Montana along with the brilliant...

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Nancy Moore

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Nancy earned her Master’s of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Montana in 2012, where she focused on Environmental Writing and taught undergraduate courses exploring...

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Kelsey Morales

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Kelsey Morales is Chicana and grew up outside of Denver, Colorado and spent most of her formative years in Flagstaff, Arizona. She holds a MA in Sustainable...

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Dave graduated from Evergreen State College with a degree in Environmental Studies, and then earned his M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. Dave...

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Katie has worked for WRFI in various capacities since 2013 – instructing in the field, training new instructors, developing curriculum, maintaining WRFI’s gear, and reaching out...

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Kari grew up western Montana, where a childhood of examining interesting rocks in the borrow ditch, watching clouds change over the mountains, and collecting huckleberries with...

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Kelsey Patterson

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Kelsey began with WRFI as a student on the Colorado Plateau back in 2007, only wishing she had discovered it sooner. Growing up in the high...

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Nicky Phear has long been dedicated to WRFI and to the power of experiential education to transform lives. Leading with social intelligence and the future in...

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Maisie Powell

Program Coordinator/Instructor

Maisie’s roots are back in the deciduous hardwood forests of the East Coast, but she always felt drawn to the vast, open landscapes and craggy mountains...

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Daisy Purdy

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As a southwestern transplant hailing from the east coast, Daisy has served as an Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Native American Studies educator at Northern Arizona University...

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Mike Remke grew up in the central and southern Rocky Mountains where frequent visits to the canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau were a form of...

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Kerri Rosenstein

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Kerri Rosenstein is an interdisciplinary visual artist and collaborates with diverse communities as an educator, facilitator, and creative director. She teaches in academic and alternative education...

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With their roots in the floodplains of the Sacramento River Valley, Cob is a human being with a passion for listening to the stories of landscapes...

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Ash Sward

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Ash Sward maintains roots in both the Rocky Mountains of NW Montana and in the Central Valley of California. Ash received their MS in Environmental Studies from the University of...

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Heather took her first backpacking trip during high school, spending eight days engulfed in Canyonlands National Park. Having grown up in the flat plains of Minnesota,...

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Born in the Pacific Northwest, Spencer’s love for ecology and conservation was ignited amidst the sun-scorched deserts of the Southwest, the snowy peaks of the Rockies,...

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Mason Voehl

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Mason Voehl comes from old Minnesota stock. When he met his wife Sarah while studying philosophy at Augustana University, he fell in love twice: once with...

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Kirstin is passionate about diverse landscapes, from desert soil to old growth forests. She originally learned to love the outdoors in the foothills of the Appalachians....

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Nadia White enjoys solo travel because it makes her love people all the more. As part of a genealogical exploration, she biked a jagged hypotenuse from...

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Rachel got hooked on bicycle-touring and the beautiful Rocky Mountain West in 2015 when she co-founded Cycle for Science, bicycled across the U.S., and stopped in...

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Kristina Young is a dryland ecologist and place-based science communicator living and working on the Colorado Plateau. At eighteen, Kristina moved from New Jersey to Montana...

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