Alex grew up in Kentucky but spent her summers on her Grandma’s horse farm in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where she fell in love with the mountain lifestyle. She attended Appalachian State University, receiving a Biology (conc. Ecology) degree and began her career researching bumblebees and Eastern Hellbenders. She was introduced to environmental interpretation while volunteering at Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation where she fell in love with the field of outdoor education. She has worked as an Interpretive Park Guide and Zoo Educator at Grandfather Mountain, a Naturalist at Yellowstone National Park, and an environmental educator at a Raptor Center in NC, plus more. Alex aims to help people reconnect themselves with the natural world through first-hand experiences at places like the Teton Science School and hopes it will create a lasting connection that will lead to conservation-conscious actions in the future. When she’s not educating she can be found either birding, hiking, crafting/painting, trail riding, jamming out to music, playing D&D, baking, and exploring new places!