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

Naturalist and 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.

Madeleine "Scallop" Alberdi

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 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'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 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!

Sara "Marigold" Mouradian

Naturalist and Education Director

Sara was born and raised in Southern California. She moved north to Chico State and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management. She loves being outside whether it's camping, hiking, or just floating on the river. She has experience working as a Camp Director for multiple years at nature centers and summer camps. Her favorite part of camp is getting to know the campers and watching them experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. 

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!”

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.  Description here

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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