A native of Brooklyn, New York, Allison became enamored with the outdoors through her experiences attending
overnight camp as a child in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She has worked as an instructor and an
administrator for nature camps since 2010, including the camp she attended growing up. Allison has also taught for
outdoor science school programs across the country, leading to her work and teach in ten different states. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Colby College, as well as a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Education from the University of Idaho. Allison wrote her thesis on science communication while based out of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, living for seventy days in a wall tent at the most remote year-round residence in the Lower 48. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid and Medication Administration. Allison has completed the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Risk Management Training for Program Administrators, and recently attended their Wilderness Risk Management Conference. She is passionate about curriculum design, scientific inquiry, and place-based education. Allison joined Bird Conservancy in 2016, and serves as the Bird Camp Director. In her spare time, Allison enjoys swimming, backpacking, and writing.
Born and raised in Colorado, Jen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While there, she gained extensive knowledge of various biological fields
including animal behavior, ecology, and conservation, as well field techniques at CU’s Mountain Research
Station. Fostering her love of nature from a young age, she initially joined Bird Conservancy’s team as a
volunteer to pursue her interests in environmental education and now serves as Program Manager for the
education team. Jen directs Bird Conservancy’s Leaders in Training Program, providing transformative
experiences in science and leadership for teens. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking, drawing, and playing music.