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.

Meghan "Mica" Walsh

Day Camp Director

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


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!

Kelsey "Driftless" Stalker


Kelsey is a Midwest transplant who found her way out west after graduating from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Through her training in the arts and the sciences, she has discovered the two are incredibly interconnected, and that exploring them can illuminate the concepts that connect us all to our environment. She began working in Nevada as an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Education Coordinator in 2018, where she facilitated and developed Interpretive Programs for the public. She fell in love with northern Nevada through her work in Carson City Parks, Rec & Open Space, and following that, with the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. She looks forward to contributing to the GBOS team with her skills in local plant identification, website development, graphic design, social media marketing, STEAM curriculum, and community engagement. 

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.

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