Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b
Marisa was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught environmental education courses, worked as an ecological garden educator, and led wilderness experiences for independent schools and nature centers in northern California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. Marisa enjoys running long distances and thinking about sustainable agriculture. She is a Wilderness First Responder and lifeguard and is returning for her third season as an instructor.
- Education: Temple University and University of California, Davis; bachelor’s degree in major communication studies and master’s degree in community and regional development
- Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? I believe fully in the transformational power of nature-based learning the context of a caring community. AT offers students the opportunity to know themselves, others, and wilderness in a deep and profound way–free of some of the challenges that youth face in our culture at this time. I love witnessing the small and large victories that people experience in the outdoors. I love seeing people know, test, and respect their own limits. I love seeing people learn how powerful and capable and competent they are. Working for AT is important to me because it works.
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I am super excited to apply some of what I’ve learned through my graduate program to my outdoor leadership experience this summer. I am also so excited to meet the Alaska students. I’m always impressed and delighted by the students that AT serves.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I am in the final few weeks of my graduate program. Throughout my program, I’ve worked on food access, citizen science, and outdoor experiential learning projects. I’m looking forward to future work in youth development or nature-based learning.
- Favorite outdoor memory? There are so many, so I’ll just give a recent one: a three-day bakery-to-bakery bike trip in rural Sonoma County.
- Favorite quote: “It is always about a search for our origins.” – Ana Mendieta