The Wild Traveler provides exceptional, experienced, well qualified summer trip leaders on EACH AND EVERY one of our summer teen tours. Each Wild Traveler summer teen tour is staffed with 2 to 3 summer trip leaders with a combined 15+ years of trip leading experience. Why are our trip leaders so exceptional? Because we expect a lot!
See what makes our leaders the best in the summer teen tour industry. Scroll down to read a bio from each of our Wild Traveler leaders. Have any questions? Let us know!
The Wild Traveler believes it’s important to employ experienced trip leaders to lead our summer teen tours. Our trip leaders have a minimum of 5 years worth of trip leading experience AND they are familiar with the places we lead – surprisingly you won’t find that with larger companies. Our trip leaders don’t just lead trips during the summer, they work throughout the year leading trips for teens.
Our summer trip leaders are college graduates and hold degrees such as environmental education, outdoor recreation, etc, whom have been leading teenagers for the past several years. Several leaders have taken instructor courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound.
AMAZING ROLE MODELS
We employ some of the coolest and enthusiastic outdoor summer trip leaders in the industry. The Wild Traveler is made up of a dedicated core group of passionate outdoor adventurers and world travelers who desire to teach our participants the importance of travel and facilitate it’s invaluable lessons. On our summer teen tours, participants will gain a stronger sense of responsibility, independence and improve leadership, problem solving and group building skills.
Our summer trip leaders lead and teach our youth throughout the year in a variety of outdoor settings – ski school in New Mexico, rock climbing instructors in Joshua Tree National Park, snorkel/ kayak instructors on Catalina Island, and so much more.
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDERS / CPR CERTIFIED
Our summer trip leaders go through an extensive 80+ hour wilderness first responder medical training course. All instructors also hold CPR certification. Our leaders pay close attention to safety and have experience managing risk in outdoor settings with teenagers throughout the world.
When our summer trip leaders aren’t leading summer teen tours they are adventuring on their own or with friends and have amazing stories to share. From sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, backpacking through the jungles of Columbia, canoeing the Mississippi River, the list goes on! Our leaders are travel professionals and know travel well.
MEET OUR SUMMER TRIP LEADERS
Ryan Lofgren grew up in the Pacific Northwest just south of Seattle. He graduated from Western Washington University majoring in environmental education. Over the last 15 years Ryan has worked with thousands of kids on over a hundred outdoor programs throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea. He experienced the invaluable lessons from travel as a teen and strives to recreate these experiences for teenagers with The Wild Traveler. In his free time Ryan goes on his own adventures most recently taking eleven months to work and travel across Asia. His favorite activities include SCUBA diving, cooking, surfing, watching movies, rock climbing, and jamming out on his ukulele. During the off season Ryan works for the leading environmental education company in California, where he designs and leads outdoor education programs for schools. Ryan currently lives in Ventura, California where he designs and coordinates all trips with The Wild Traveler.
Caitlyn grew up in the rolling hills of Virginia, but left for Ohio University to study photojournalism. She started her college years off with an extended Boundary Waters canoe trip and quickly switched her studies to Outdoor Education and Environmental Geography. While earning her degree, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and completed a 26-day professional outdoor leadership course. Ever since, she’s been working around the US – from West Virginia to Alaska to California – with kids and teens in the outdoors. When not working, she is always searching for the most inspiring rock climbing routes, rivers, and canyons to explore or simply spending time on farms immersed in good food and cooking. She loves a nomadic lifestyle and looks forward to many future travels. Caitlyn leads all Hawaii / Kauai trip leader with The Wild Traveler.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kenny graduated from Indiana University with majors in Entrepreneurship and Management and a minor in Outdoor Recreation. While in college, he taught university courses in rock climbing and backpacking for Indiana University Outdoor Adventures. After graduation he made the move out west to be closer to the mountains and subsequently has climbed all over the states, as well as in Thailand, Ecuador, and Mexico. Kenny has a wide array of different outdoor pursuits, including: rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, and cycling. Kenny’s certifications include being a Wilderness First Responder, American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Level 2 Avalanche, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He has spent the last 10 years instructing in the outdoors and sharing his love of the natural world with students and coworkers alike!
Erinna was born in Portland, Oregon but had the opportunity to call many places home throughout childhood. She is currently rooted in Tahoe but travels throughout the states providing outdoor education to students of all ages. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies, she spent her summers as a wrangler on ranches in Colorado and California and winters in Alta, Utah perfecting her turns. She has a passion for travel, spontaneous adventures, skiing, river sports, riding, dance, theater, design and science.
Alyssa grew up in the mountains of Southern Oregon. She was lucky enough to have awesome wild places nearby and spent her childhood having adventures and cultivating a great appreciation for the outdoors. She then attended Southern Oregon University where she majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. While in school she got her first experience working with youth in the outdoors while interning on a nature reserve in New Zealand. After that she was hooked. This led her to work as an Interpretive Park Ranger for both the National Park Service and National Forest Service. Since then she has been teaching outdoor education all over western North Carolina and throughout the State and National Parks of California. Alyssa loves to spend her free time exploring nature through backpacking, rafting, tide pooling, and hiking while geeking out with a field guide. She is also passionate about traveling and living a nomadic lifestyle, getting to experience new cultures, and eating and cooking delicious food.
Lisa was very fortunate to grow up in a family that loved to travel and appreciated the outdoors. She spent the first half of her life romping in the woods of Northern Ohio before heading to school in Southern Ohio at Miami University where she earned her degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. After graduating she moved to Springdale, UT outside of Zion National Park where she quickly fell in love with the quality of life and experiences of outdoor education. She’s guided canyoneering and mountain biking adventures and spent her off seasons leading science based trips in Florida; kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. She’s currently living in Sacramento, CA and has lead trips for kids of all ages throughout the entire state of California. She loves learning, adventures, and wide open spaces. She places a high value on how she spends her time and is very excited to be with The Wild Traveler helping create new amazing experiences for others.
Originally from Washington, DC, Anna now spends most of her time in California. After studying fine arts and environmental studies at Harvard University, Anna has been on the move across the US and the world. She has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Thailand, New Zealand, and Morocco. She has guided community service based teen trips in Thailand, led backpacking trips for college students in New England, taught gardening to kids in San Francisco, and worked as an outdoor educator with students of all ages throughout the parks of California. Although she loves canoeing, rock-climbing, rafting, and biking, her favorite outdoor activity is simply to grab a water bottle and go for a hike. When going on urban or cultural based adventures, Anna loves seeking out live music, spicy food, local arts, and new friends. Her dedication to travel and exploration have made her a nomad for the last six years, and she has no plans to stop!
Paul grew up hiking, camping, and rock climbing in the Adirondack mountains of New York state. He’s traveled the world for work and pleasure, visiting places like Morocco, Ecuador, and Columbia. Paul spent seven weeks seeing the best of the U.S. on a bicycle trip from Seattle, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine. Not one to be content with the contiguous United States, Paul guided both sea kayaking in Alaska and trips with the Wild Traveler in Hawaii. Paul is passionate about outdoor education and has more than ten years of experience in the field. In his spare time, Paul loves to rock climb, cross country ski, and spend time backpacking. Paul looks forward to continuing to work with the Wild Traveler in the years to come.
Erica Fine grew up hiking and camping with her family in Southern California. She attended Tufts University in Boston, where she majored in Geology and Environmental Studies. While at Tufts, Erica led backpacking trips for their Wilderness Orientation program, held leadership roles in the school’s Mountain Club, studied abroad in New Zealand, and took an Outdoor Educator course with the National Outdoor Leadership School; an experience that put her on a trail she’s been following ever since. Over the last few years Erica has taught outdoor and experiential education to elementary, middle, and high school students across the country, working her way through Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, and California. Whether on the road or at home, Erica enjoys cooking with friends, seeing live music, hiking, backpacking, and rock-climbing. She currently resides in Southern California, where, during the right season, she is the Assistant Director at the Conejo Valley School District’s Outdoor School.