Briana grew up in the Bitterroot Valley riding horses and hiking in the surrounding mountains. Studying Organismal Biology has better helped her understand the foundational science that pieces together our world. Her degree as well as the time she spends outside has helped her form a passion for the conservation of our wild spaces.
Appalachian State University
Connor’s hometown is La Grange, North Carolina, a small town in the Eastern part of the state. Starting with Boy Scouts, he has been in the outdoors for most of his life and loves climbing, hiking, and trail running. He is passionate about wilderness because it's where he goes recharge from day to day life. Connor wants to help keep wilderness areas alive for the next generation.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emma grew up in the Baraboo Bluffs of South-Central Wisconsin, 10 minutes North of Devil’s Lake State Park and 15 minutes South of Aldo Leopold’s Shack, both of which were fieldtrip hotspots. Many of her childhood summers were spent at a Girl Scout Camp in Northern Wisconsin, hiking, kayaking, climbing trees and learning to love the outdoors.
Utah State University
Hanna’s hometown is Fresno, California. She enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and learning about nature. Last year, she spent five months backpacking in Australia and completed a study abroad course on Heron Island. She has a passion for ecology, and loves to learn how ecosystems work and relate to one another. The past two years Hanna worked as a field technician for the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug project.
College of Idaho/University of Idaho
Henry is from Moscow, Idaho. He spends time on a small organic farm outside of Moscow. Henry also hikes, camps, fishes, boats, and rafts in Idaho. While attending the College of Idaho and working in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho, he started to discover the wilder parts of the state and its Wilderness areas.
Iowa State University
Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kristopher is from Dubuque, Iowa, where he spent time fishing and sometimes camping on the Mississippi River. He has worked with the Southwest Conservation Corps as a trail crew member, a local county conservation board on trails. Hw enjoys wilderness and the outdoors because it gives him a chance to disconnect from the digital world and appreciate natural beauty for what it is.
Lewis & Clark College - Portland, OR
Lauren is from outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has worked in Yosemite National Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Cape May State Park. She serves as an outdoor leader for Lewis & Clark College Outdoors.
University of Montana
Parks, Tourism, Recreation Management
Michael’s hometown is New Orleans, Louisiana. He has experience working on trails in the Grand Tetons and New River Gorge River National Park, in West Virginia and De Soto National Forest, in Mississippi. He is excited to learn about traditional wilderness stewardship and tool use.
KarlFranzens University-Graz, Austria
Verena grew up in a small village in the Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau, in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Her passion for mountains led to a university degree in mountain geography. Verena now works for the European Wilderness Society. Her goal this season is to broaden her knowledge of Wilderness stewardship and take this learning back to European Wilderness areas to share US wilderness practices.