Graduate Assistant - Veteran Adventures Coordinator
From an early age, Greg was drawn to the outdoors through Scouting, where he achieved Scouting's highest award of rank - Eagle. He's an SIU alumnus, Touch of Nature graduate assistant and Veteran Adventures coordinator. Currently he's working on a MS degree at SIU in Outdoor Recreation with interests in knowing how recreation and leisure experiences can enhance people's quality of life.
Greg is a certified Wilderness First Responder, Interpretive Guide, and American Canoe Association Instructor. Connecting with people in the outdoors is what Greg truly enjoys the most. Building relationships with individuals about nature, while immersed in nature is where his passion and life's objectives are rooted. His motto is, "Stay true to self. Stay close to nature. Be your REAL, WILD self."
Program Coordinator - Underway Adventures Program
Erik received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Illinois in 1993 and Master of Science in Recreation Administration in 2013. For over ten years, he has taught or worked with youth in a variety of settings, including public schools, wilderness programs, boot camps, special education classes and alternative schools. Since 2001, Erik has served Touch of Nature by providing adventure and experiential education programs for Underway Adventures. Erik is an avid outdoorsman, Wilderness First Responder and Search and Rescue-Tech II. He enjoys hiking, climbing, travel, basketball, reading and family time.
Graduate Assistant - Underway Adventures Program
Dena's love for the outdoors keeps escalating each and every day as new experiences are presented to her. Her passions include teaching others about outdoor experiential education, Leave No Trace principles- minimal impact to the wilderness, as well as advocating the importance of exploring the breathtaking world we live in. Living in the out-of-doors, having hands on experiences and constantly pushing her comfort-zone allows Dena to achieve the best quality of life.