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 experience 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.

Click on a staff member's name to send them an email.

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Program Director

Meghan 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.

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Education Director

Tori is an aspiring teacher who loves all things outdoors (except mosquitos)! She grew up in Truckee, CA and enjoys helping others learn how to appreciate nature responsibly. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2019 with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and has put that degree to work in event planning, the ski industry and now in outdoor education at GBOS. She also has discovered a passion for working with youth and will be returning to school at the University of Nevada, Reno to work towards her Masters in Elementary Education. In their free time, Tori and her dog, Cash, are short-distance runners, avid hikers and wannabe backpackers. They also snowshoe and love doing anything on the water! Skiing is another favorite hobby of Tori’s and she’s hoping Cash will join her this winter when she tries backcountry skiing for the first time!!

SCOUT "SPARROW" KIRBY

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Naturalist 

Scout was raised in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where she studied Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Economics. Since moving to Reno in 2018, she’s dedicated herself to sharing her love of nature and learning with kids and adults of all ages. She’s an avid traveler, explorer, and lover of road trips. She also enjoys hiking, birding, thrifting, camping, Food Truck Fridays, and searching for cool rocks and hot springs. As a Naturalist with Great Basin Outdoor School, she hopes her passion and enthusiasm for outdoor appreciation and curiosity will help others form deeper connections with nature and themselves.

STEPHEN "JACKALOPE" ZIPKIN

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Naturalist

Stephen, or ‘Jackalope,’ is an experienced field biology researcher who has worked with Nevadan wildlife and plants. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but now lives in Reno. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in May 2021 with a dual major in Environmental Science and Wildlife Ecology. His favorite animals include owls and rabbits, his favorite plants include aspen and spruce trees, and his favorite camp games include just about all of them. He is pictured here with the first sage grouse he ever caught and collared, a hen he named ‘Fists of Sage.’

PETE "WOODPECKER" FAIRLEY

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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!”

MIKE "BEAR" MASTERPOOL

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Associate Fun Provider

Mike "Bear" Masterpool is a life long outdoor enthusiast.  He enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, exploring new, wild places, snow skiing, kayaking and fishing.  A retired US Marine, he has traveled the world operating in every clime and place, from the tropics to arctic environs and across oceans and seas to amazing mountainous places.  He has been active in Boy Scouts, Church camp and outdoor leadership training programs for over thirty years.  Group games, team challenges and shared experiences are the fun ways to develop personal responsibility, leadership and teams.  Bear believes in developing virtues, values and personal ethics to make good citizens and allow people to value life and respect others.

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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.

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