Mark grew up playing outside in the great state of Iowa. His early interests in swimming, biking, and exploring parks have remained a constant in his life and helped to steer his career path as an outdoor leader. Mark graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010 with a degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services, and has spent the past three years working for a nonprofit organization called Christodora teaching youth from New York City about nature and leadership, both at the Manice Education Center in western Massachusetts, and in classrooms across NYC. He is very excited to share his passion for the outdoors and his desire to help others grow on Wilderness Inquiry trips. When he is not working, Mark loves to read, drink coffee and spend as much time as possible exploring the natural wonders of the world.