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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Shahara Davis Joins the Open Sky Admissions Team

Please join us in welcoming Shahara Davis to the Open Sky Admissions Team! During her fifteen-year career in admissions, Shahara has earned the respect of parents, professionals, and colleagues for her compassionate and supportive approach and her unique ability to partner with parents as they navigate the various layers involved in short term placement. Shahara […]


Friday, January 13th, 2017

Danny Frazer Named Open Sky Program Director

I am pleased to announce Danny Frazer has been named Open Sky’s new Program Director. As Program Director, Danny is responsible for the overall quality, safety, and delivery of services to our students and families. As one of the organization’s founders, Danny has been with Open Sky since the beginning; helping to craft and foster […]


Sunday, December 18th, 2016

A Nourishing Rain: Reflections from Parents and Staff on Open Sky’s Inaugural Parent Wellness Retreat

It has been a few weeks since we gathered with alumni parents at the EarthRise IONS Center in Petaluma, CA. Our inaugural Open Sky Alumni Parent Wellness Retreat was a full, wet, and beautiful weekend. The part that stands out to me today, as I look at the snowy, winter landscape in Durango is the […]


Friday, November 25th, 2016

Thanksgiving in the Field: A day of Community, Connection and Fun!

Every year, millions of families partake in a gloriously gluttonous gathering to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and life’s many blessings. For many, Thanksgiving takes place around a table in the comfort of a warm home. For Open Sky students, Thanksgiving is celebrated outdoors, under the warm desert sun.  In many ways, Thanksgiving in the field […]


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Help Us Help Sky’s the Limit Fund

As someone that understands firsthand the healing power of Wilderness Therapy, we are reaching out for your help. We are partnered with Sky’s the Limit Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing grants to families of youth in crisis with financial need, so that Wilderness Therapy can be an option for them. To date, Sky’s the […]


Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Great Tree

Graduation from Open Sky is usually a bittersweet process. As much as a student and their family can reflect on their successes and be proud of their progress, there is still the task of saying goodbye to all those individuals who shared in this transformative experience. Simply put, it’s often a very emotional moment. Recently, one […]


Friday, September 9th, 2016

A Fond Farewell to Our Seasonal Therapists

With the nights growing longer and the leaves commencing their annual descent to the grassy ground below; summer is officially coming to an end. As we say goodbye to the luscious alpine Colorado course area, we also say goodbye to two unforgettable members of the Open Sky clinical team: Dr. Sarah Issenmann and Erin Crowley. […]


Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Tere Snodgrass Joins Open Sky as Director of Admissions & Professional Relations 

Tere’s career in Admissions and Consultant Relations began in 1991. Having held leadership positions in therapeutic wilderness programs, boarding schools, and residential facilities throughout the past twenty-five years, Tere has developed a deep understanding of the practical and emotional challenges parents face as they navigate the admissions process for a struggling child. Highly regarded by […]


Friday, September 2nd, 2016

OBH Chair, Danny Frazer, Reflects on Successful Wilderness Therapy Symposium

“The Wilderness Therapy Symposium is a big metaphorical campfire that people love to gather around” – Rob Meltzer, Founder, WTS Under the leadership of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, The WTS brings a diverse cross-section of clinicians, field guides, rites of passage guides, professors, educational consultants, research specialists, college students and residential program staff under […]


Friday, August 26th, 2016

The 2016 Wilderness Therapy Symposium: Presentations, Representation and Awards

The Wilderness Therapy Symposium (WTS), held annually by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH), is the premier conference within the wilderness therapy community.  Open Sky has a close and active relationship with the OBH, with one of our company’s founders, Danny Frazer, serving as the Chair Officer of the OBH and our CEO, Aaron Fernandes, […]