Matt’s formal education in wilderness nature-based skills began at the Audubon Expedition Institute during his first year of college. Matt attended Prescott College and earned a degree in Outdoor Experiential Education with a minor in Holistic Healing. His interest, education, and first-hand experiences in the natural world have allowed Matt to explore and work with organizations that promote the growth of human potential.
Matt brings to Open Sky over two decades of wilderness experiences and teaching. He has logged more than 2,500 backcountry field days in a wide variety of ecosystems. Over the years, Matt has had the pleasure of working for numerous organizations. Most memorable is Thistledew Camp, a wilderness therapy program for the Minnesota Department of Corrections where he spent seven years working with adjudicated boys.
Matt works at Open Sky as Operations Assistant. In this role, he supports many of the behind-the-scenes components of the program in the field and at Open Sky's operations hub.
During Matt’s time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife, doing hand-craft projects, and teaching traditional living skills.