Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b
Originally from the midwest, Grace currently lives in Colorado Springs and returns to Adventure Treks for her second season as an instructor. She found her passion for working with youth in the outdoors as early as high school, when she worked as the girls’ youth director for a summer camp for several years. Most recently, she’s worked as a trail guide for Williamsburg Adventures in St. George, UT, where she leads wilderness trips for young people. In her free time, Grace serves as the director of For Her, a magazine featuring stories and art from female-identifying creators all over the U.S. She’s also volunteered for HEFY in Bolivia, helping build an elementary school, and for Cultiva International in Guatemala, helping build sustainable gardens in malnourished communities. While in school, she also served as an ambassador for Girls Rising, an organization focused on educating and empowering young women around the world.
- Education: University of Missouri at Columbia, bachelor’s degree in English and cultural anthropology
- Medical certification: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: Star-soaked nights on the Lost Coast in California with AT.
- Favorite outdoor achievement: Feeling full of joy on rafting trips… the Klamath and Poudre rivers are some highlights!
- Favorite hobbies: I am passionate about connecting with the outdoors in meaningful ways. For me, that’s through writing and exploring with others! I’m a huge fan of cooking and baking (a la Anthony Bourdain) and have a passion for supporting artists of all mediums.
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: Lake Antigua, Guatemala, and Bolivia
- What do you hope to learn this summer? I am always excited to see what ways I’m going to learn about my future self—future goals, dreams, and projects always seem to emerge for me in the outdoors! I am also excited to learn from my students. They consistently teach me how to be a student of life and take in the world with wonder.
- What are you most excited about this summer? I’m excited to grow in the outdoors, which seems to be a catalyst of personal development for instructors AND students. Also very psyched to watch students learn about who they are and the strengths/resilience they carry.