Sam came to Open Sky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Open Sky as a Field Guide in 2017, he worked as an instructor for an Outdoor Education institute and as an interpretive guide for a private lodge in Yosemite. He was introduced to Shambhala meditation while attending the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree.
Sam believes that spending time in nature is a way to ensure physical, emotional, and mental health. Helping young people express their experiences in healthy ways will greatly improve their quality of life and increase their positive impact on the world around them. He was eager to be part of Open Sky specifically because of its commitment to meditation and employee support.
As a Senior Guide, Sam values the opportunity to live and work in an intentional space based on techniques for healthy communication and self-actualization. He finds it very rewarding to share this with young people and watch the positive impact it has.
Sam’s insight, relatability, and work ethic make him a strong asset to the guide team. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the natural world and a passion for education. He helps students become engaged in new ideas like yoga, wilderness skills, mental health, and philosophy. He also brings fun to the teams through playing his guitar.
While working for Open Sky, Sam has been able to fully pursue personal growth in his time off. He writes songs and plays guitar in a band with other guides. He loves to hike and rock climb as he explores western Colorado and Utah. He also strives to continue his education by reading ecology and philosophy literature. He also takes advantage of time off by traveling the world.