Scott hails from the greater Four Corners region. He first moved to Durango for his undergraduate studies, graduating from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. Scott grew up exploring the region’s forests, mountains, and deserts, and has felt connected to the landscape of the Southwest since an early age.
While he was living in Durango, Scott couldn’t help but learn about Open Sky and wilderness therapy. At first, he was drawn to wilderness therapy because Scott has always felt passionate about helping young people in an outdoor setting. As he learned more about Open Sky’s specific therapeutic approach, which integrates family work and a holistic treatment model, Scott realized the program would be a perfect fit and applied for the Field Guide role back in March, 2016.
After about one year of guiding with Open Sky, Scott had honed in on his personal leadership style and built an extensive skill set for working effectively with young people in an outdoor setting. In 2017, Scott came across an opportunity to live and work as a guide for a therapeutic program down in Costa Rica. With the support of his partner and his community in Durango, Scott packed his bags and headed to Central America. In Costa Rica, Scott gained an even broader set of communication and outdoor skills as he led young people on expeditions in the jungle.
At the end of 2017, Scott returned to Durango and to Open Sky with a fresh perspective and new set of skills to apply towards his work with Open Sky students. It didn’t take long for Scott to reach the level of Senior Field Guide. In his role as a Senior, Scott particularly values his ability to work with other people in an outdoor environment. Scott emphasizes the importance of community, teamwork, and interpersonal relationships in his work with both students and other guides.
During his time off, Scott enjoys spending time with family and getting outside to ski or mountain bike on the large network of trails near his home. Scott also loves attending community yoga classes, creating art in various mediums, and playing music when he is not in the field. In fact, Scott has been playing saxophone and bass with a local SKA/punk band for the past 16 years.