Whitney was teaching high school science in Pavilion, WY when she starting working with a local non-profit for outdoor education here in Jackson Hole. She wanted to explore different modes of outdoor education; she wanted to find something that would combine her bizarre educational background into a cohesive educational experience outdoors. She met the team at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and discovered that her ecology degree and her political science degrees would align nicely with the company’s sustainability values. SWhitn Whitney likes to explore the intersection of ecology and politics and public lands fall squarely in her sights. “The first step in protecting public lands is to make people care about those lands. It is my hope that people take this experience with them, and leave with a newfound sense of stewardship.”
Whitney grew up in southern California and remembers road-tripping to the National Parks as a child. Wide open spaces were her calling. She spent her teen years seeking out the less inhabited spots of southern California and solidified her future as a scientist during a school trip to Yosemite in high school. She realized that being a scientist doesn’t mean wearing a white coat and working in a lab; scientists can work outside, asking questions and working to understand the world around us.
When Whitney is not guiding in the National Park she can be found hiking, climbing or mountain biking with her husband. She may also be out birding, as one of her goals this year is to become a better birder.
- Level II Wildlife Track & Sign / CyberTracker
- Wilderness First Responder / Wilderness Medicine Institute
- Educator Certificate / State of Wyoming