Sierra joins Adventure Treks for her first summer as an instructor. Currently living in her home state of Minnesota, Sierra worked most recently with her local parks department to help get more people into the outdoors. Prior to that, she led sailing trips and taught conservation to high school students in the eastern Caribbean. In Washington, she was an education and outreach specialist, creating science curriculum and distributing educational content to local teachers. She’s also worked as a science instructor for Casper Mountain Science School in Wyoming; wildlife field technician in Oregon; and summer camp assistant naturalist in Minnesota. Fun fact: Sierra also speaks French!
- Education: College of St. Benedict, bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies
- Certifications: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: I can’t pick just one, but one of my earliest was catching frogs and snakes in the forest near my childhood home with my neighbor while growing up.
- Favorite outdoor achievement: Either completing a two-day summit hike in Patagonia during a blizzard after rolling my ankle, or helping and empowering students to complete a 50-hour nonstop sailing passage covering more than 400 nautical miles.
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: I don’t know if I can choose just one, but one that stands out to me is the fjords in Chilean Patagonia.
- Favorite hobbies: I love photography (especially wildlife and nature photography), cross country skiing, hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, reading books, and playing board games!
- What are you most excited for this summer? I am very excited to meet the wonderful staff at AT and to get the chance to work with students doing amazing things in incredible places.