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Grant Helmus, BS

Transition Mentor

Grant graduated from Colorado State University in 1995 with a B.S. degree in Natural Resource, Recreation and Tourism Management. Through his work as a park ranger with the National Park Service, he realized the importance and healing power of wilderness. He wanted to help youth grow and heal in natural settings and started to pursue a profession in wilderness therapy.

Grant began in the wilderness therapy field in 1997 with Aspen Achievement Academy and spent many years at the program in various positions, including Field Director. He spent the next 8 years serving individuals with developmental disabilities and though loved working with this population, he missed the connection of helping people in wilderness settings. He returned to wilderness therapy as the Program Manager at a program in Hawaii. He missed the mainland and returned home to Colorado, joining Open Sky in March 2017. He moved up as a Senior Guide and transitioned to Field Manager in May 2019.

In 2020, Grant stepped into the role of Transition Mentor, supporting families as they reunite for graduation and face the next steps. He experiences fulfillment daily as he serves the staff, students, and families involved with the program and is thrilled at the opportunity to help them heal and strengthen relationships.

When Grant is not working, he spends most of his time hiking, climbing, and mountain biking around the Durango area.

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About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.