Stew grew up on the shores of the Fox River near Green Bay, Wisconsin. After getting introduced to canoeing with his father, he led canoe trips in Northern Canada and taught at various outdoor education centers before settling in Minnesota. Now a long-time resident of Saint Paul, Stew is excited to be working with Wilderness Inquiry. He believes it's critical to get students and youth out on the Mississippi River and is happy to be a part of an organization with this mission. Stew enjoys exploring with his family when not leading trips.