Chelsea recently moved to Colorado and cannot wait to hike all the mountains! She grew up in the northeast “quiet corner” of Connecticut, and spent her summers canoe-camping and winters skiing. Her time outdoors inspired a passion for conservation, sustainable living, and pursuing education to learn more about the world around her. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Eastern CT State University, during which time she developed research skills and began coordinating community outreach programs. After thoroughly enjoying her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016, she returned to academia and completed her Master’s Degree in Biology at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. The opportunities to teach science labs at the elementary and collegiate level, as well as intern for summer youth outdoor leadership backpacking trips, kindled her passion to teach and inspire curiosity. While the desert was fascinating and she had the chance to learn more about project designs through research, she was eager to return to the mountains. Nowadays, Chelsea can be found outside in the woods hiking, camping, and rock climbing, playing water polo or soccer (or any other sport), teaching yoga, skiing, or dreaming of the day she adopts a dog.