Ari first joined Outward Bound as a COBS intern in the summer of 2013. She was riveted by the Outward Bound experience; both the interpersonal dynamics and technicality of backcountry living and travel. This summer she is thrilled to be working as an Assistant Instructor for the Rocky Mountain Program. Ari is a certified WFR and EMT and has used these certifications to work professionally in both the wilderness and urban setting. When Ari is not working for Outward Bound she is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is finishing her degree in Environmental Science and taking full advantage of the beautiful mountains, trails, rocks and rivers around the Colorado Plateau.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Ari was exposed to the outdoors at a very young age. Family road trips through Colorado introduced her to the area and instilled a deeply rooted connection with the state. After graduating high school, Ari moved to the Pacific Northwest where she spent several damp and instrumental years pursuing a degree at the University of Portland and exploring her interest in Wilderness Medicine and Outdoor Education. She was drawn back to Arizona by an opportunity to spend a semester studying in the Grand Canyon and she hasn’t looked back since. Outward Bound has inspired Ari’s life in so many ways: As a climber, a teacher, a friend, a thinker, an artist, a communicator and a human. It has made her acutely aware of the areas in her life that she excels and the areas in her life that still have so much room for growth. Outward Bound honors both, it allows Ari to be a teacher and a learner simultaneously, while providing her with the opportunity to share what she loves most with a wide array of curious and spirited students. Ari hopes to inspire students to think about themselves, their peers and the world around them in new and boundless ways.