Jeannette talks about her career in Outdoor Rec and Education, her experience with A O R E and the great work they do.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
I grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan. I’m the only girl, I have three brothers and a father who were very active outdoors. So really my introduction to the outdoors started with YMCA camps. And then it just kind of took off from there. My father was a camp counselor and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. That led me to Whitewater rafting and conservation work to the Outdoor Rec at the University of Michigan.
Things we talked about
University Rec Programs
University of Michigan
Cal Poly Pomona
I would say getting outdoors is all about investing in yourself and I mean you can teach anyone to climb and teach people to paddle. You can go on courses and learn the skill sets but you really need to think about how you want to give back. Whether it’s in communications or as a photographer, if it’s designing equipment that is better and more sustainable for the environment, one key is to not limit yourself to what maybe we historically have and isn’t our profession. It might be providing legal services and learning how to ethically pass legislation and being active in government. So my advice would be to just find your passion and how you may want to apply that in that outdoor space. I strongly believe in lifelong education. I think there’s nothing that could go wrong with teaching yourself. If it’s learning a trade, if it’s going back to school, I think you need to spend some time on yourself and then you can give back to others.
Other Outdoor Activities
open water swimming
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Best Gear Purchase under $100
long inflatable Big Agnes mattress
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