Growing up in the “Sunshine State” of Florida and “The Natural State” of Arkansas, Julia spent most of her time outside playing and exploring, endlessly enamored by the salty Atlantic ocean and later, the caves and rivers of the Midwest. With an innate and insatiable appetite for learning and travel, Julia jumped on the opportunity to study abroad in Dangriga, Belize while obtaining her B.S. in Human and Environmental Sciences (with an emphasis in Food, Human Nutrition, Hospitality & Global Agriculture) at the University of Arkansas. During this international service-learning project, she taught young students about nutrition and ecology through a school garden while simultaneously learning much more about herself, the world, and her place in it.
Inspired by her travels and desire to further her knowledge, Julia moved west to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. Building on her passion for nutrition, agriculture, and people, she focused her studies on sustainable food systems, doing her thesis research on what specific transformative experiences influenced students to become mindful consumers and advocates for sustainable food.
Meanwhile, between classes and thesis writing, she discovered a few new passions: climbing up rocks and skiing down mountains. Between her newfound hobbies and academic studies, she began to see how recreation, adventure and nature connection inspired people to conserve their beloved outdoor playgrounds. This exciting shift in direction led Julia to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies where she worked as a Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide using nature’s beauty coupled with recreation to facilitate environmental education while hiking, snowshoeing and skiing Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Since then she’s been a canyoneering guide, leading people through the sandstone slot canyons of southern Utah for Zion Mountain School and most recently worked as an adventure- science Guide and Program Coordinator for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. It was in this position that she led people of all ages on meaningful adventures collecting citizen-science data in the snowy mountains of Montana, up the lush hillsides of Washington and along the protected California coast.
Julia spends much of her free time outside exploring, adventuring with friends, seeking out the sunshine, and drinking root beer.