Zoe began her journey with Outward Bound in 2012 as an Intern in the Sierra Nevada range in Northern California. That summer she was profoundly inspired by her field experience in the high Sierras and by the Outward Bound mission. She is excited to be back with Outward Bound in her role as an Assistant Instructor in Colorado. The ecology of the Rocky Mountains is what truly inspires Zoe. She strives to develop an environmental awareness in the students while traveling the beautiful, yet fragile alpine environment. She is particularly fascinated by aquatic insects and wildflowers encountered on the trail.
Zoe is a certified WFR, Professional Ski Instructors of America (Level 1), American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (Level 1), American Red Cross Lifeguard and Certified Nursing Assistant and has used these certifications in both wilderness and institutional settings. When Zoe is not working for Outward Bound she is based out of Gunnison, Colorado where she is completing degrees in Wildlife Biology and Outdoor Education. The outdoors brought Zoe to Western State Colorado University, and the vast expanse of the Elk Mountains provides endless opportunities for her favorite types of adventures. At Western, Zoe is taking full advantage of the Mountain Sports Program. During the fall she races for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Series in both cross-country and downhill-mountain biking and placed 7th overall last year at Nationals. Winter brings the seamless transition to her favorite season where she is a member of the Endurance Ski Mountaineering Team and competed in the Grand Traverse and other backcountry ski race events.
Zoe was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. She was exposed to the outdoors at a young age in the Northern Woods of Wisconsin. After a family vacation to Colorado she knew instantaneously that she would one day plant roots in the Western United States.