Dylan joined Open Sky as a field guide in January 2018. His experience in experiential education and through previously working with at-risk youth enhances his work and connections with students in the field.
During college, Dylan worked at his school’s outdoor education center as a challenge course facilitator, using an experiential education framework. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to work for Outward Bound’s state-funded juvenile prevention program for at-risk teens in Florida. He led expeditions there until coming to Open Sky.
Dylan was interested in the field of wilderness therapy due in part to his own personal experience of solace and reflection in nature. Open Sky’s focus on a holistic approach rooted all the way down to the food as well as its base camp model is what ultimately led him to the program.
Dylan loves that guiding allows him the opportunity to live alongside students in an almost completely self-sufficient way. He enjoys being outside and is grateful to be in a role where he can work in nature year-round. Dylan values being part of the overall treatment team and advocating for the students he works with, seeing how they grow through this process.
Within the guide team, some of Dylan’s strengths lie in his knowledge and confidence in the hard skills, like bow drilling and backcountry navigation. These skills make him a strong and effective teacher to students first adjusting to life in the wilderness. Dylan is also good at building interpersonal connection with new students as they are adjusting to the program.