Carrie has a long and loving relationship with the natural world due to having literally grown up at Philmont Scout Ranch, a high adventure summer camp where her father served as the director. From a young age, she spent her summers hiking and backpacking at Philmont in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. She got her start as an environmental educator, and later the seasonal director of environmental education, at Philmont leading multi-week backpacking trips with a conservation and environmental science focus. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Ecology and Conservation Biology and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a graduate certificate in environmental education through the McCall Outdoor Science School Graduate Residency Program. After graduating, she worked with NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park and further fostered her love of getting young people outside and helping students and educators learn and grow as scientists and leaders. Carrie is excited to bring her skills and experience to Walking Mountains Science Center and support Eagle County youth in becoming active stewards of our local wild places.
In her free time, Carrie tries to be outside as much as possible and has a goal of running/walking/hiking 2020 miles in the year 2020! She loves hiking, skiing, backpacking, snowshoeing, nature drawing, rock climbing, baking, reading, crafting, exploring new places, and spending time with family and loved ones.