Instructors

Christian comes from the hills of East Tennessee where he fostered his love for the outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains. He completed his undergraduate degree...

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Chandra Brown

Instructor

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

Outreach Manager

Mel initially joined WRFI as an instructor and now serves as the organization’s Outreach Manager. She grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i with perpetually...

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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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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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Stephanie Fisher

Instructor

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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Matt Frank

Instructor

Matt Frank first arrived in Montana a dozen years ago by bicycle, and upon moving here he became an environmental journalist. Now, in instructing WRFI’s Cycle the...

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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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Margot Higgins

Instructor

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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Chelsea Leven

Instructor

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

Instructor

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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A passionate reader of landscape and literature, Joe has been a writer, farmer, mechanic, welder, pedicab driver, guide, gardener, and teacher. After earning a B.A. in...

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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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Nancy Moore

Instructor

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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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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Kelsey Patterson

Instructor

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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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

Instructor

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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Mason Voehl

Instructor

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 Waldkoenig

Instructor

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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