Ashely grew up camping and backpacking across the southwest and began leading service projects for the Sierra Club Outings program prior to becoming a project leader for Wilderness Volunteers in 2002. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and a graduate degree from George Washington University she worked as a forensic firearms examiner at a crime laboratory for more than a decade before deciding to spend less time at crime scenes and more time promoting community stewardship of our nation’s public lands. To date Ashely has led over thirty service projects across eight states. When she’s not working or feeding her addiction to wilderness you can find Ashely spending quality time exploring Northern Arizona with her dog Sam.
Originally from Washington state, Taryn has been involved with outdoor activities for as long as she can remember. She has served as a volunteer Earth Corp member with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a Wilderness Ranger Intern with the Selway Bitterroot Frank-Church Foundation and a Primary Trip Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor with the Northern Arizona University Outdoor Adventures program. Taryn holds a degree in General Geology and Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and has a deeply ingrained passion for the preservation and protection of our wild lands. In her free time Taryn enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and sketching.