Experiential Education

The Man Who Planted Trees: New Transcription

October 5, 2015
Experiential EducationFilms

This animated adaptation of my favorite short reading, “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jean Giono, won an academy award in 1987. In my opinion, the translation is the best out there: similar to the most common one, but more accessible in its English. A transcript wasn’t available online, so this morning, I transcribed it to include in my readings packet for the field. I hope you enjoy it!




Many years ago, I set out on a walking tour high in the Alps, a region quite unknown to travelers where ancient mountains thrust down into Provence. The trek began on barren moors twelve or thirteen hundred meters above sea level through land that was bleak and monotonous. Nothing grew there but wild lavender. My route led across Continue reading >>

Films for Fall in the West

August 23, 2015
AdventureExperiential EducationFilms

In working fall semesters for NOLS, students have the privilege to explore some of my most loved places: backpacking in the the Wind River Range, boating on desert rivers, and canyoneering on Cedar Mesa in southern Utah. This is a short selection of films I’ve been showing students this fall (and watching myself) for inspiration about upcoming adventures.

The Important Places


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Letter To A Former Student

August 23, 2015
Experiential EducationIndia

I have been examining in myself the same question you asked me: how to keep the experience alive. While I certainly don’t have the answers I hope I can offer some ideas. To start, I think that the question you ask might not be the right question. I think that it’s very common question to ask for anybody who has just lived one of the biggest (if not the biggest) adventures Continue reading >>

July in the Wind River Range with NOLS

August 15, 2015
AdventureNOLS

On Blaurock Pass, Gannett Peak behind

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June in the Wind River Range

July 12, 2015
AdventureNOLS

Backside of Cirque of the Towers

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Published in Sierra!

November 6, 2014
AdventureAlternative LivingExperiential Education

My essay, Wild Connections, was published in Sierra Magazine’s online edition today! This was the winning essay for an essay contest they sponsored last year for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The prompt: what does wilderness mean for the millennial generation? My answer: 
 

I spend my life taking people into wilderness. I am a 23-year-old outdoor educator, and my students are people not much younger than myself: teenagers and twenty- somethings. Every time, whether we’re out there for a week or a month, there’s always a night when we lie on our backs and stare Continue reading >>

Fall in the Winds with NOLS

September 10, 2014
AdventureNOLSPhotos

Me, Jessica Fuller, and Jake Perkinson

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Photos from WRW1 6/26/14

July 29, 2014
Experiential EducationNOLSPhotos

Photos from a magical July in the Winds. Thank you to Scott, Sarah, Clara, Joey, Alexis, Jenny, Marlon, Alex, Chris, Andy, Oliver, and Kristina: my wonderful students who helped make this something great.

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Refuge: A Film On Mission: Wolf

June 12, 2013
Alternative LivingExperiential EducationFilms

This winter, I helped work on a short documentary on Mission: Wolf with my friends Brittany Heath & Merle Gleiforst. I’m really happy with the final product; I think that it portrays general life at Mission: Wolf really well. Some of my time-lapse photography is in the film, and you can now find me on IMDB since the film was in some film festivals! Check out the film below.


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