Joining the Movement
Hi, my name is Jared Robinson and I am the new Mission Outdoors Apprentice! I grew up in Sonoma County California surrounded by towering redwoods, the sandy banks of the Russian River, and miles of scenic and lonely coastline. With all of this nature surrounding me I had many opportunities growing up to explore, play, and learn outside. These early experiences helped me stay healthy and active and stimulated my curiosity and interest in biology. My parents are teachers and they often incorporated outdoor education into their curriculum. In their classes we took trips to our local redwoods in Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve and I participated in the outdoor science school PEEC, Pacific Environmental Education Center, for years. My curiosity and interests were nourished and I continued to enjoy exploring and learning more about the nature around me. I went on to pursue a degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis and graduated with honors this last June.
Over the last three years I worked with my campus outings program, Outdoor Adventures, as a wilderness and winter guide leading camping, backpacking, and skiing trips across California’s diverse landscapes. It is here that I really developed my leadership and outdoors skills and gained technical and wilderness medical knowledge. I also volunteered on campus with the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology making study skins of birds and connecting our campus and local communities to science and conservation. As you may be able to tell, connecting people to conservation and working outdoors are passions of mine. This is what led me to the Mission Outdoors team where I have a found a perfect combination of my interests. I’m excited to be joining the team and helping to connect America to the outdoors.
Over the next six months I will be working on a broad spectrum of projects with the goals of integrating our existing programs, (Building Bridges to the Outdoors, Inner City Outings, Local Outings, and Military Families and Veterans Initiative), engaging a larger and broader group of participants in outings, and breaking down the barriers that stop people from accessing nature. I believe our wilderness areas are some of our most sacred places and that they deserve to be protected, not only for the ecosystems and diversity of life they harbor, but for humanity. I am excited to be working with the Sierra Club and Mission Outdoors to help connect people to these wilderness areas and the nature in their own backyards.