It hasn’t always been graceful, but with good intention and grit I’ve come far

 

I love to be outside! And I love sharing outdoor experiences with others! I originally discovered my love for the outdoors while working seasonally in Alaska, and then developed a passion for sharing it with others as an outdoor educator in Southern California. I’m originally from Northern Utah and I love exploring my beautiful and uniquely varied home state. Idaho is where my parents hale and most recently I’ve decided to explore my roots and embrace a small town, alpine lifestyle in McCall, ID. Challenging myself physically, emotionally, and intellectually is always on my to do list... what that entails is ever changing as I learn and grow personally and professionally, but more often than not, it involves me immersing myself in the great outdoors.

Katie overlooking Hell's Canyon in the Seven Devil's Wilderness.

Katie overlooking Hell's Canyon in the Seven Devil's Wilderness.

My first classroom experience was in 2014 as an intern with Outside the Lens, an amazing non-profit in San Diego that offers photography and videography classes to at risk youth. Back in the day, I used to be a Pre-Art major at Utah State University and I was excited for an opportunity to infiltrate the San Diego art scene. On the first day of my internship I sat at my computer for 6 hours straight doing data entry and research. When I got in my car at the end of the day I cried… hard. My body was stiff from sitting all day, my eye balls ached from staring at my computer screen, and to be frank… it was insanely boring. But I was an intern, and interns get boring grunt work… it’s the way of the world. Being a 27-year-old intern, however, was definitely challenging my ego. Unfortunately for my ego, bailing wasn’t an option because my kind and wonderful friend Jennie had stuck her neck out for me to get the gig. So I sucked it up and decided to be grateful for the opportunity I had been given to be immersed in a new environment with new people learning new skills. I engaged in thoughtful conversations with my co-workers and listened to the Beatles while striking keys. I typed, I learned, I networked. When asked a few weeks later if I would like to assist one of their teachers in a classroom setting at the Monarch School I jumped at the opportunity to ditch my desk. I felt hesitant because I’d never worked with kids before, also, the Monarch School is one that solely serves homeless youth and their families in Downtown San Diego. I had no idea what to expect. It ended up being one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’d ever done and unbeknownst to me at the time I took a turn on my life path towards my passion.  

Scouting a hike in Southern Utah for a 9th grade backcountry trip with Positive Adventures!

Scouting a hike in Southern Utah for a 9th grade backcountry trip with Positive Adventures!

After working with Outside the Lens, job opportunities that involved working with youth kept falling in my lap. I must have been onto something! I started working for the Earth Discovery Institute as a Field Guide and then at Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center working youth summer camps as a rock climbing coach. In fall of 2016 I became an Outdoor Educator for Positive Adventures which blended all of my passions and experiences together creating the perfect job for me…. I got paid to take people on adventures while also having the time to nurture my own personal passions, travels, and goals! Jackpot! Plus, the folks at PA are incredibly good at what they do and are just all around awesome people … double jackpot! I’ve learned a lot working for Positive Adventures and I still work seasonally for them in Southern California, mostly working with large groups of students at a time.  This year I’ve been focusing on continuing my education and gaining more experience in my field. I now feel drawn to use these new skills to create unique outdoor education experiences and adventures for youth and adults on a smaller scale in my beloved McCall, ID. Going out on my own is intimidating, challenging, and has inherent risks. Lucky for me, the time I’ve spent outdoors has taught me how to take calculated risks, how to handle stress, how to prepare for the worst case scenario, to be humble and ask for help when I need it, and how to problem solve and believe in myself when I am the most afraid. So I take on this challenge with confidence, excitement, and humility.

I very much so look forward to sharing my love for the outdoors and all it has to offer with you and yours! Please explore my website and contact me with any questions or comments! I hope our paths cross in the near future!

 

See you outside!