Ethan Taulbee is from western Ohio near Oxford. He graduated from Indiana University East is 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in biology. He is now an adjunct biology instructor at the university. His main academic interest in marine biology, and hopes to be attending graduate school to study it in the near future. His hobbies are rock climbing, playing tennis, and playing soccer. He has grown up around the outdoors his entire life, making frequent trips to Colorado and exploring his family's 50 acres of forest. Ethan is a huge fan of traveling, and likes to find any excuse he can to get away for a time on various trips and explore the world.
Wyatt Snodgrass graduated from Hocking College in 2012 with a degree in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture. After graduation, he worked at a remote sockeye salmon hatchery in Southeast Alaska. Since returning back home to Southwest Ohio, he has had the opportunity to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to monitor and control aquatic invasive species, primarily Asian carp. He teaches outdoor educational programs through The MetroParks of Butler County and volunteers with The Izaac Walton League of America, Butler County Stream Team, and The Raccoon Creek Partnership. In his free time he enjoys fishing, kayaking, and archery. Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation from The University of Rio Grande and resides in Southeast Ohio.
Jamie Miller joined the Army and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division shortly after high school. After tours of service in both Vietnam and Korea, he returned to attend The Ohio State University and worked in healthcare imaging, as well as becoming a firefighter in Central Ohio. Jamie is an EMT and Wilderness Medicine First Responder. He currently works as a Fire Instructor at Columbus State Community College, specializing in Vertical Rope Rescue and instructing other Fire/EMS rescue disciplines. Along with responsibilities at Columbus State, Jamie also works as a trauma and CT imaging technologist on an as-needed basis for Ohio Health. Jamie enjoys participating as a rappel facilitator for the fundraising company Over The Edge throughout the year. Jamie loves the outdoors, especially skiing, hiking and climbing, and travels out west on a regular basis
Jennifer Gillen graduated Hocking College with a degree in fish and wildlife management. After Hocking, she joined the USFWS to help raise rainbow and brown trout in Utah. In 2002, she moved to Florida and joined the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and CROW Wildlife Hospital to help rehabilitate wildlife — rescuing sea turtles, raccoons, gopher tortoise, brown pelicans and opossums and providing daily educational presentations. In 2004, she worked with fish biologists monitoring the endangered Roanoke log perch and other darter species in Virginia. Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife science at Virginia Tech and returned to Ohio where she worked in the Vinton Furnace Research Forest and Zaleski State Forest with OSU grad students to monitor nesting success of the Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue-winged Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Cerulean Warbler. She completed her master's research on plant-animal interactions at Ohio University in 2009
Paul Knoop retired after 35 years as Interpretive Naturalist, Director and Education Coordinator with the National Audubon Society at their Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm near Dayton, Ohio. This center encompasses a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary and runs programs from its education center. Earlier in his career, Paul was a museum naturalist at the Dayton Museum of Natural History. For 13 years, he wrote a weekly column for the Dayton Daily News titled “The Naturalist.” More recently, he has been writing a weekly column for the Logan Daily News titled “Wild Neighbors.” He now lives in Laurelville, where he pursues his interests in birdwatching, field botany, photography, canoeing, backpacking, environmental education programs for children and adults and helping to preserve ecologically significant landscapes.
Alex Boeckman grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and is currently enrolled at Hocking College where he's earning his degree in Wildlife and Adventure Photography. As a professional photographer, Alex has an eye for capturing priceless moments and sharing his skills with others to help them learn to create their own wildlife photography memories. In his free time, Alex enjoys hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and playing guitar and banjo.
Andrew "Huck" Ford gained a love for the outdoors spending his childhood summers at Camp Tippecanoe in eastern Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University with a double major in Plant Biology and Environmental Geography. Huck has worked for a wide variety of outdoor settings including interpretation for California State Parks in Lake Tahoe, backcountry trail maintenance for the Minnesota Conservation Corps in the boundary waters, the U.S. Forest Service in Florida's Ocala National Forest and the Student Conservation Association in Grand Canyon National Park. Huck currently resides on Leesville Lake in Carroll County where he is the Assistant Director of Nature's Classroom at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. One of Huck's driving passions in life is getting people outside so they can make their own discoveries and form their own relationship with the natural world.
Ryan Stalter shares his passion for the outdoor activities with others as a naturalist, fishing guide and archery instructor. He's a 2017 graduate of Hocking College with an associates degree in Wildlife Resource Management. Nature has always been an influential part of his life. His passion for the outdoors shines through in each activity that he leads whether its an edible forest hike taking shelter under a waterfall during a thunderstorm, guiding belly boat fishing treks in the AEP ReCreation Lands or introducing archery to a group of young people or colleagues during a team building event.
Avery Wynings grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and spent most of his time hiking, climbing and caving in state parks. He trained and volunteered with rural fire departments and search & rescue groups there before heading west to Idaho, where he lived for 10 years. In Idaho, he joined the forest service and climbed trees as an ISA Certified Arborist. He volunteered with Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit as an MRA Rescue Technician and got involved with the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. In 2009, Avery moved to Dayton and joined a company working at heights to inspect roller coasters and amusement park rides. He's currently certified as a SPRAT Level 3 rope access supervisor and is passionate about keeping thrill rides fun and safe for others. He applies that same passion to all who come to Hocking Hills Adventure Trek to experience the thrills of rock climbing and rappelling
Dan Jones grew up in Southwestern Ohio where his parents were live-in caretakers of a historic estate surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of protected forest. He has traveled extensively and loves sharing his passion for the outdoors with others. Dan is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School. His training included mountaineering expeditions in the coastal mountains of British Columbia and the Wind River Range of Wyoming. He moved to the Hocking Hills region in 2005, enrolled in the Hocking College's ecotourism/adventure travel program and graduated in 2007. He now lives in a log cabin built in 1809 near Athens, where he farms pawpaws. He's a Certified Interpretive Guide and a Wilderness First Responder who uses every passing season to learn more about this amazing place he now calls home.
Mike Davis lives in Newark, Ohio, and has fished Ohio waters for 20+ years exploring the Woodbury wildlife area along with the Kokosing, Licking, Walhonding and Tuscarawas rivers. He guides our "Fishing Treks on Foot" going after large mouth bass in the Woodbury and TriValley wildlife areas and small mouth bass and Northern Pike (early spring spawn) in the Kokosing, Licking, Walhonding and Tuscarawas rivers. Mike retired as a fire chief on 27 February 2015 after 35 years of service. He started his career in the United States Air Force in crash rescue and then as a civilian Firefighter for the Department of Defense. His most recent assignment has been as Assistant Fire Chief Defense Supply Center Columbus. This station covers the center and the city of Whitehall.
Jim Davidson is a retired pathologist and amateur naturalist. At 78 years old, Jim says he's been studying nature for about 70 years. He's an authority on butterflies and has served as Vice President, Ohio Lepidopterist Society. A frequent speaker at many Columbus area nature events and leader of daily nature hikes, he shares his wealth of knowledge of Ohio's common and rare plants, birds, dragonflies and fungi in our prairie, woodland and wetland habitats. He's a member of the Central Ohio Native Plant Society, the Central Ohio Natural History Society and the Columbus Audobon Society.
Shelby Brown graduated from Hocking College with degrees in Wildlife Management and Ecotourism & Adventure Travel. During this time she was introduced to many out door sports, such as rock climbing, back packing, scuba diving, etc. Since then, she has spent many weekends at the New River Gorge (WV), Red River Gorge (KY) and Cooper's Rock (WV) on sport climbing and bouldering trips. When she is not climbing you can find her underwater (she is also an Open Water Scuba Instructor). She'd love to introduce you to/help you increase your passion for: climbing, or swimming with the fishes!
Doug Hershman has a degree in Commercial Recreation and served seven years in the United States Army. He's certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) as a level 3 canoe instructor. Doug has has two passions in life: he loves the outdoors and helping others. Combined, these characteristics make for some fun and exciting programming as he helps individuals and groups realize their potential through challenging adventures and experiences. He also works as the Outdoor Education Manager for a school-based program teaching and facilitating therapeutic adventure and team building activities for disadvantaged youth and school staff. These activities include high and low ropes courses, indoor rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, fishing, wilderness hiking, survival skills, orienteering, archery and mountain biking.
Justin Bowers is a certified American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) and a certified paramedic and firefighter. He grew up on a farm near Dayton, Ohio where he spent most of his time outdoors. He attended Miami Valley Career Tech School for environmental science. After graduation, he enrolled at Hocking College and earned dual majors in wildlife science and ecotourism and adventure travel and Advanced EMT. Justin's training also includes whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, backpacking and more. During his studies, he worked as a natural resource specialist at Rush Run wildlife area near Dayton, a mounted scout in North Dakota and environmental educator at Camp Oty’okwa. He spends his free time with his wife and young daughter surrounded by the wilderness he knows and loves.
Andy Space is a certified American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). He grew up backpacking, hiking, hunting and fishing with his father around the Great Lakes and in Southeastern Ohio. Following his love for the outdoors he continued sport and trad climbing in areas of the New River Gorge in West Virginia, Red River in Kentucky and the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. He's an EMT and has also been trained by the National Ranger Training Institute in high ropes rescue technique. He holds a degree in Ecotourism and Adventure Travels from Hocking College. Andy also works as a Raft Guide on the New River Gorge in West Virginia throughout the summer New River season.
Sarah Fisher is a native Ohioan. She grew up roaming the ravines of the Olentangy watershed with her family and dogs. After completing the GeoJourney program with Bowling Green State University she traveled to study on farms in Missouri, California, Utah and Kentucky before returning to Ohio. her experience in environmental education began in 2008 at Camp Oty’Okwa which inspired her to serve in Athens County as an Americorps member from 2013-2015. She continues to be inspired by mammal tracking, drinking wild tea in the rain, children’s art and the works of Ora E. Anderson.
Heike Perko moved to the U.S. from Germany in 1988. She earned an associate degree in Interpretive Services/Recreation and Wildlife Management from Hocking College in 1995 and worked as a naturalist at Hamilton County Parks until 1996. After returning to Germany, she joined Castle Mouse on the River Rhine, where she cared for eagles, falcons, kestrels and kites and participated in daily flight shows. In 1997, she moved to St. Paul Island, Alaska, and worked as a birding guide for the local native corporation. Later, she worked for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory and helped conduct research on Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions in the Bering Sea. She received her B.S. from Shawnee State and joined Clear Creek Metro Park (Columbus) as the park naturalist. She received her master's in education in 2012 and has been teaching science since. In her free time, she takes care of a 40-acre farm in Athens County and enjoys hiking, birding and boating.
Ashley Ward grew up exploring much of what the Greater Dayton area has to offer from hiking around Yellow Springs to mountain biking, and learning about interactive media at Kettering Fairmont High School and Sinclair Community College. Starting work at 16 at Kettering Bike Shop, she developed a foundation in recreational biking and customer service. She's currently a climbing instructor at a local climbing center and has plans to enroll in the Ecotourism and Adventure Travel program at Hocking Hills College.
Caleb Cole studies as a Plant Biologist at Ohio University with a focus in sustainable agriculture and experience in plant genome editing. Always interested in the great outdoors but being confined by the perpetual flatness of northwest Ohio that was his childhood stomping grounds, Caleb takes every opportunity possible to climb, mountain bike, and/or just to exist in the beautiful rolling hills of the Hocking/southeast Ohio region. With a great love for plants, Caleb thoroughly enjoys spreading his ever-growing knowledge and understanding about the life cycles and communities that go on and off the ground in Ohio’s forests. Caleb also has a immense amount of experience working with children/adults on the autistic spectrum. Growing up with an autistic sister has taught him to treat all people with the patience and understanding that they deserve. Caleb is currently seeking out his facilitator license as a recreational tree climber and spends much of his time outdoors gardening under the sun, playing music with friends, and participating in as many outdoor recreational activities as possible.
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Luke Wilken Luke is the logistics intern for the Outdoor Adventure Center at The Ohio State University and is pursuing a business degree at the Fisher College of Business. He has been leading trips for the past two years and is OSU's senior climbing trip leader. Growing up in Cincinnati, Luke was an avid golfer and ultimate frisbee player. Today, he spends his free time climbing in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, or slacklining with the OSU slackliners. He hopes to spark a similar passion in others who haven't had the opportunity to experience the outdoors or climb on real rock.
Ellie Taylor has completed her training with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) as a Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). She's a graduate of Hocking College and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). and has an associates degree in Ecotourism and is pursuing a bachelors degree in Outdoor leadership. She's also a Wilderness EMT and Leave No Trace Master Educator. She enjoys backpacking, canoeing, alpine skiing, rock climbing and naturalist interpretation. Her passion for being outside has led her to pursue outdoor recreation as a career. As a native Ohioan she's been leading trips for over six years and has accumulated over 300 field days in the back country doing a variety of activities including climbing. She loves guiding in Ohio and helping people discover the exciting activities that the state has to offer.
Troy Phillips is a certified American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). He grew up in south eastern Ohio and developed an interest in rock climbing and rescuey as a teenager through programs in the Boy Scouts of America. Troy got his start in the industry working for canopy tour operators and designers and has spent 9 years performing installations, operating, and training staff for ziplines, canopy tours, challenge courses and climbing walls.. Throughout this period he has also become an experienced rock climber and rope rescue technician.. Aside from guiding trips in his free time Troy works full time for the Boy Scouts of America and teaches climbing, rappelling, and rope rescue for Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Logan Ferenbaugh grew up in northwest Ohio, learning to hunt and fish from various family members. He is a senior at Ohio University studying Outdoor Recreation and Education. Logan works not only as a fishing guide, but a backpacking guide within the campus recreation division at his university. He is a wilderness first responder, as well as a Leave No Trace certified trainer. Logan hopes to continue his connection with the natural world by pursing a position as an instructor for an expeditionary school.
Joe Brehm's obsession with the outdoors began when his father began taking him and his brothers for walks through the woods near Zanesville as soon as they could walk. He learned to track deer, raccoons and foxes. His first formal study of the natural world began with a butterfly monitoring project, where he learned just how many different kinds of wildflowers, insects and trees Ohio harbors. Since, he's spent countless hours studying and exploring wilderness areas both large and small. During his nature walks, he makes frequent stops to inspect animal tracks, scat, birds, vernal pools, etc. Joe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology from the University of Montana with a minor in wilderness studies and went on to earn a Master’s in environmental studies at Ohio University. He also completed a three-month intensive wilderness survival course in Arizona, and has coordinated Rural Action’s longstanding Environmental Education program since May 2010.
Trevor Fry has completed his training with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) as a Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). He grew up in Muskingum County, Ohio, where hunting, fishing and nature are a way of life. He's trained with the American Mountain Guide Association as a Single Pitch Instructor. He graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Adventure Guiding in 2015. His studies included tree canopy research and field research involving everything from fish and stream restoration to wild flowers and their habitats. He's a Wilderness First Responder, Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Advanced Diver. He says teaching people about the natural world has given him a sense of fulfillment since his early years as a 4H Camp counselor. He hopes to continue playing that role as he pursues his education further to become a teacher.
Joan Arnold is from Columbus, Ohio and has been kayaking for over 20 years. She's certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) as a Level 1 Instructor with the Adaptive Paddling endorsement. She enjoys teaching kayaking and working with Disabled Sports USA programs for people with physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities and their family members or support team. Joan is the Kayaking Program Coordinator for The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition in Powell, Ohio.
Trek Network is Ohio's premier guide service and team building adventure company. After launching in 2011 in the Hocking Hills region as Hocking Hills Adventure Trek, we've since expanded our services and grown to accommodate the entire state of Ohio, catering to individuals, families, businesses, schools, universities and nonprofits.
We offer nature hikes, team building events, rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, archery, air rifle, survival training, living history and live bluegrass. We also provide training in canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Cayla Liebold is from Green Spring, Ohio. She graduated from Hocking College in 2013 with a degree in ecotourism/adventure travel and natural/historical interpretation. She's a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) through the National Association for Interpreters (NAI) and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). Her inspiration comes from her father, Eric, who attended Hocking College and is an avid birder. She loves being outdoors, guiding treks and sharing her knowledge of the natural world with groups of all ages. She graduated in 2013 and hopes to join a Metro Parks organization in northern Ohio.
Brant Yount lives in Lancaster, Ohio, and is a U.S. Archery Level 3 instructor. He teaches Level 1 and Level 2 certification programs and also offers introduction to archery programs for groups of all sizes. Brant and his wife have three kids that love the outdoors. He raises cattle at the family farm in Hocking County and coaches the Fairfield Christian Academy archery team. His coaching has helped lead the middle school and high school teams to a combined five state individual champions and two world champions.
Rob Davlin has always been a people person. Nearly every week of the summer he was a camper or counselor and usually the life of the party. He earned his degree in design with a focus on understanding human behavior from The Ohio State University. He has first-hand work experiences ranging in scale from startup to Fortune 100, which allows him to relate to groups from all environments. Rob is a certified rock wall and high ropes instructor and has used outdoors activities to engage and transform groups into teams. Rob's approach is based on the Experiential Learning model by David Kolb (Experience > Observation > Reflection > Experimentation), yet he facilitates in a way that feels less like learning and more like fun. Rob is originally from Mentor and now lives in Hilliard with his wife, two kids and dog named Lionel
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Christine Cancian lives in Berea, Ohio, and is a certified American Red Cross lifeguard instructor and American Canoe Association Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) instructor. As the Outdoor Adventure Recreation Programming Specialist at Baldwin Wallace University, she plans, markets and leads trips for students. A creative programmer, Christine strives to create unique events and activities for students, faculty, staff and families as well as groups. Her passions are paddle sports, the outdoors, "leave no trace" principles and getting people back to nature.
CJ Morgan grew up near Akron, Ohio. Growing up he spent much of his time outdoors and in the garden with his grandfather where he developed a deep love and respect for the natural world. He recently graduated Hocking College with degrees in Wildlife Management and Eco Tourism/Adventure Travel. His hobbies include gardening, making maple syrup, traditional archery and baking, with a speciel interest in alternative medicines and wild edibles. He is a certified Interpretive Guide and has led programs for the National Audubon Society in Kentucky as well as in the Ohio State Parks. CJ enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with the belief that environmental preservation occurs through education. He hopes to travel while working as a nature guide and to eventually practice subsistence living in a remote setting.
Shirley McClelland has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years and teaching it for the past decade. She teaches a flowing fusion of hatha, kundalini, ashtanga and yin styles combined with meditation. She loves practicing yoga outside to experience deeper connection with nature, using the hike to provide a chance for the body to warm up, while allowing the mind to quiet down. Yoga treks are personalized to accommodate different abilities and ages. She says it's her pleasure to share her love of yoga and the beautiful Hocking Hills with you. Namaste.