Molly “Hopper” Mosenthal
Molly spent her childhood exploring the magic of the Green Mountains in Vermont, where she developed an untamed curiosity for the natural world. Craving more exploration of the unknown, she took off to Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Geography and Spanish. She has spent time adventuring, studying, and teaching environmental education across North and South America and in Europe. Molly was Assistant Field Coordinator with Thorne Nature Experience in Colorado, working with children ages 3-17. She’s previously served as Camp Counselor, Language Tutor and Teaching Assistant, among other positions. With an insatiable appetite for new places, she left the sunny Colorado Plateau and set out to the Pacific Northwest, where she has fallen in love with the diversity of landscapes to explore. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming in chilly mountain waters, and letting the wind blow her in the direction of her next endeavor.
Lauren “Huckleberry” Hull
Lauren comes from the sunny pine savannas, shady bayous, and rich cultural heritage of Louisiana. She loves to travel and has explored the many natural wonders and welcoming communities of the deep south, Appalachia, and now the Pacific Northwest. She is an educator, naturalist, and geographer passionate about rekindling relationships between people and nature. Lauren informs her work through personal experiences in nature which are supported by a M.S. in Geography and B.S. in Ecology. Prior to working with Adventure WILD, Lauren developed education materials for south Louisiana ecosystems and the Gulf Coast in her work with the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program and Louisiana Sea Grant. During the academic year, she teaches courses on Cultural Geography and Sustainability and Development at Chemeketa Community College. Lauren is excited to combine her passions for natural and cultural heritage to create holistic and meaningful education programs for the Adventure WILD community.
Emily “Bear” Carino
Emily was born and raised exploring and learning from the Pacific Northwest. She spent most of her childhood in the Cascade Mountains as a competitive ski racer and continued to ski and hike the American West throughout high school and college. In 2013, Emily summited her first volcano, Mt. St. Helens, and dedicated herself to pursuing a new outdoor adventure: mountaineering! She enjoys hiking with her dog, mountain biking with her husband and exploring new areas with friends. Emily has taught in Kindergarten and 4th grade classrooms, as well as served as an Outdoor Educator with Wild Skills Youth Initiative. She graduated with a Master’s in Education in April 2018 and is passionate about empowering and inspiring youth through nature with an emphasis on community. She is stoked to be a part of the Adventure WILD team!
Lizzie “Zip” Bronder
Overnight Camp Counselor
Lizzie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. With both parents volunteering as climb leaders and Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) instructors with Mazamas, she summited her first mountain at age 11 and completed her first long distance canoe trip at age 16. She currently attends Western Washington University, seated among the lush greenery of Bellingham, Washington. Living minutes away from Larrabee State Park, Mount Baker, Lake Whatcom, and the Salish Sea allows her to spend her free time skiing, hiking and kayaking when the rain pauses. This will be her second summer with Adventure WILD. Before finding Adventure WILD, she spent time employed as a lifeguard, tutor, and swim instructor; where she worked with people aged three years to adult. An avid proponent of outdoor education and passionate student, she is excited to experience the outdoors with another summer alongside the WILD campers.
Mackenzie “Sunshine” Myers
Overnight Camp Counselor
Mackenzie was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but after moving several times at a young age, his family landed in Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent most of his memorable life. After graduating high school, Mackenzie took some time off to explore the world, work various jobs, and get to know more about his passions in life. The love of mountains and the natural world he developed while in Colorado never left him, and in 2016 Mackenzie completed a through-hike of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, cherishing the opportunity to simply walk in the woods every day on his trek from Georgia to Maine. Mackenzie enjoys tutoring, mentoring, and teaching children, and believes instilling a love and connection to the natural world is an important part of every child’s life. He enjoys all kinds of sports, including swimming and track, and is an avid Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fan. Mackenzie now attends the University of Oregon, and is excited to return for his second year at Adventure WILD.
Kate “Pluto” Grenham
Kate grew up hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and canoeing in the Pacific Northwest. During the summer, her favorite place to be is camping on Timothy Lake or at the beach in Massachusetts. After high school, Kate spent a year working for an Americorps program called City Year in Seattle, Washington. She worked as a mentor and tutor in a third grade classroom. Kate is currently attending Scripps College in Southern California where she is studying Psychology and Spanish. On the weekends, she enjoys spending days at the beach, hiking, or exploring a new part of Los Angeles.
Sara “Spud” Hill
Sara was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and loves everything that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Growing up, she did everything from off-road bike racing to building her own kayak and exploring the west coast, all of which instilled in her a long time love for the outdoors. She just finished her first year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, studying English Literature and Geography with a specialization in Environment & Sustainability. When she’s not studying, she can usually be found skiing, hiking, and climbing through the mountains and preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after graduation. Sara loves spending time with kids, and, constantly grateful for all of her adventures growing up, she strives to share the beauty and excitement of the great outdoors with them.