© 2020 by Great Basin Outdoor School

1000 Bible Way #53, Reno, NV 89502

Contact: 775.324.0936

Meet Our Team

We pride ourselves  in providing students, parents, and teachers with staff that go above and beyond to help provide a unique and educational experiences for all. Our staff come to us with bachelor degrees in the fields of environmental science or education and have experience working with

school-aged children in outdoor educational settings.

We require all employees to have background checks and require staff to maintain current CPR & First Aid certifications.

Summer "Lily" Grandy

Education Director

Born in Idaho, Summer first found her love for the outdoors while exploring the wilderness in Montana and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. She received her Bachelor of Science from University of Portland with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. With jobs ranging from an Americorps member at a greenhouse on Carson City to a Life Science Lab educator at OMSI museum in Portland, Oregon, Summer has a strong passion for teaching and working with her community. She also enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and just spending time in the great outdoors. 

Lindsay "Pika" Britton

Program & Outreach Coordinator

Pika is from Boulder, Colorado. She is an avid mountaineer, outdoor enthusiast, and an environmental advocate and steward. Backpacking, hiking and camping have been a part of her routine since age 5; she also enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, travel and continuous enrichment. Pika has a Bachelor's Degree from Sierra Nevada in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. She has spent the last 8 years volunteering for various environmental efforts, and working with state organizations educating youth and the general public in the Tahoe and Monterey Bay areas. 

Meghan "Mica" Walsh

Naturalist

She grew up on the shores of Long Island, NY exploring the coast and the mountains upstate. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geo-Science in the Hudson Valley and moved out west to perform conservation and trail work with the American Conservation Experience. Mica has experience in Environmental Education and outreach working with the Mad Science program, at summer camps, and with League to Save Lake Tahoe. She loves hiking, camping, scuba diving, snowboarding, adding to her plant collection, and tide pooling.

Madeleine "Scallop" Alberdi

Naturalist

Madeleine was born in raised in Tampa, Florida, where she grew up boating, scuba diving, fishing, *scalloping*, and participating in any other outdoor activities involving the water. Her other interests include yoga and music - she plays bass guitar and is currently learning music production. Her lifelong, strong connection to the outdoors led her to go on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Biology at Vanderbilt University. She believes gaining a love for nature at a young age is of paramount importance to the health of both people and the environment. She is excited to begin a new chapter of life in the mountains, and feels extremely lucky to be a Naturalist at the Great Basin Outdoor School!

Abbie "Abalone" Hatten

Naturalist

Abbie grew up in the Monterey Bay area, and studied archaeology and forensics at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research in college inspired her love for science and learning, and she is now perusing a Master’s in education and obtaining her credentials to teach science. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she spends her time hiking, scuba diving, backpacking, trail running, and traveling. She recently relocated from the ocean to the mountains and is extremely excited to explore the Sierras with the students and fellow naturalists of Great Basin Outdoor School!

​ Vanessa “Aspen” Casas

Naturalist

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I love exploring new places, especially their natural and protected areas. This is why after 2 years of college in Colombia I decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I finished my major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to study in two countries and see how diverse our world is. Now, I am committed to sharing my passion for nature and conservation.

Amber "Aloe" Seifert

Community Outreach and PR Intern

Amber is finishing her last semester at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will be graduating in May 2020 with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in photography. She enjoys photography, working in her garden, going on road trips, and attending Arttown events in the summer. 

Pete "Woodpecker" Fairley

Naturalist / NGSS Specialist

Pete Fairley, aka Woodpecker, joined GBOS after retiring from teaching high school science in Reno.  His love of exploring the outdoors with a paddle, skis, scuba tank, running shoes, bike, camera, and binoculars (not all at the same time!) are matched by his passion for sharing the amazing world of nature with young people.  He thrives on travel both within and beyond the US, and he plays a variety of percussion instruments from around the globe.  The more he learns about our incredible planet and all its creatures, the more he recognizes the depth of Charles Darwin’s statement that “there is grandeur in this view of life!”

Sue "Sky" Jacox

Board President, Founding Member

Sky grew up in Reno, graduated with honors from the University of Nevada, Reno, and had a long teaching career with Washoe County School District.  She volunteers for Great Basin Outdoor School in her retirement years, and her contributions to natural resource education have been recognized by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Natural Resource Education Council, Nevada Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and the Washoe-Storey Conservation District.  Skiing, kayaking, travel, photography, spending time with friends, and learning new skills keep Sue out of trouble...most of the time.

Trason "Pondi" Hirsch

Naturalist

Trason was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His love of the outdoors started from hiking, camping and going to Forestry school at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Park. His love of big mountains and open spaces drew him west to Montana to fight wildfires. He went on to pursue a graduate program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff combining a master’s degree in Forestry and a Peace Corps service. His service took him to Malawi, Africa to teach agroforestry, natural medicine and sustainability to rural communities. Upon returning to the states he moved to Reno, NV and worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Eldorado and Tahoe National Forests as a forest technician in fire, fuels, timber and wildlife. He enjoys backcountry skiing, learning the rich history of the Sierra Nevada and exploring mountains, forests and hot springs with his family.

Michelle "Sunflower" Berube

Naturalist

Michelle Berube is an East Coast native who moved to Lake Tahoe after receiving her Master's in Geology from Kansas State University. She is an avid rock climber and skier, and is thrilled to share her love for the outdoors with GBOS students!

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