Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2
Natasha will be joining Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor. Although she has an innate love for science and the natural world, she has found her true passion to be working with kids of all ages in outdoor education and recreation and sharing the magic that getting outside can offer. While on trail you will find her trying to figure out what plants, birds, or other animals are in the area. You may also find her with a watercolor set in hand. Natasha is a Wilderness First Responder and a certified professional ski instructor.
- Education: University of California, Santa Cruz; bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I am most excited about the community that will be cultivated through time in the outdoors, the silly experiences that we will have, and how I will grow as an instructor, person and student.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I’m a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain, and I work for Naturalists at Large. I like to rock climb, sea kayak, paint with watercolors, and try to make the most of every day.
- Favorite outdoor memory? My dad told me when I was younger that logs become slippery when wet. Once, I went camping, and I decided to test this theory for myself. I had already experienced this multiple times while out hiking in the Olympics, but I had to try it out on this particular log that was the only way to cross the creek. Also, in the middle of the crossing there was a waterfall. And there was some algae build up on the log. I decided to cross it anyway. It was a challenge! I slipped and fell into the creek and got soaked, but I came out with a HUGE smile on my face, and my dad was laughing his butt off.
- Favorite quote: “Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.” – Tom Robbins