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.
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.
Naturalist and Outreach Coordinator
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 playing music. Her lifelong, strong connection to the outdoors led her to go on to complete her Bachelor's 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 has loved her new chapter of life in the mountains, and feels extremely lucky to be a part of Great Basin Outdoor School!
NATALIE "NEWT" HUDDY
Naturalist and Day Camp Assistant
Natalie Huddy was born and raised in the Sierra Nevada! She spent her childhood hiking, skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing, and thriving in the outdoors. Today, she still has these same hobbies (although she does them a little slower due to a torn ACL) along with being a plant mom, yogi, and avid hot pilates attendee. She has worked for Washoe County School District as a teaching assistant for over 3 years and just graduated with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has deep-rooted passion for learning, desire to be outdoors, and love for educating children. She is so excited to be a new member of the GBOS team!
TAYLOR "FOREST" HARDMAN
Taylor has never lived in one place for more than 3 years at a time, but always seems to find his way back to the forested mountains of the west. Taylor has a natural affinity for the outdoors and making connections to the world around him. With a BS in zoology that he got from Southern Utah University, his love for the life sciences and sharing those passions brought him back to GBOS this year after also having been a winter naturalist in 2019. He is excited to share more of his knowledge and experiences with animals and conservation with every young scientist that comes to GBOS to have fun!
Julie has been leading students through the wilds for almost 14 years. She is passionate about connecting people to the outdoors to bring awareness and joy into their lives. She has a B.A. from Vassar college and is pursuing Master’s study in environmental psychology and sustainability. She hails from the streets of New York, but now her home is in the Sierra Nevadas. When she is not working with students, she can be found romping around the shores of Lake Tahoe, climbing granite, or playing in the deep forest.
Olivia grew up in a small southern Idaho town and moved to Moscow, ID to attend the University of Idaho as a Wildlife Biologist in 2017. She soon discovered that teaching was her true passion, but still loves science, the outdoors, and learning more about the natural world! She just moved to Reno to help start a church and complete her degree in Elementary Education through student teaching. She loves kayaking, reading, hiking, and exploring new places, as well as petting every dog she comes in contact with! She absolutely loves working with kids and it gives her so much joy to see them fall in love with learning. She’s very excited to be here in Reno and working at Great Basin!
SCOUT "SPARROW" KIRBY
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.
PETE "WOODPECKER" FAIRLEY
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
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.
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.