Karen grew up in Seattle WA, where she spent her summers running around the Olympics and Cascades. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.S. in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. Before working at Walking Mountains, Karen worked at the Seattle Aquarium as an Ocean Advocate where she realized her passion for educating. After living on the beach for four years, she is excited to get back to the mountains. In her free time, you can find her hiking, camping, kayaking and if the waves are right, surfing.