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Hello from the Farm!

Hey Dragons Fam! I’m Sam (he/they) and I’ll be joining y’all for the expedition portion of the course. I’m currently writing from potter’s farm on Anishinabe and Ochethi land, the place that will be your home for the first few days. I can’t wait for y’all to be here, this space is incredible!

My background is in guiding and experiential education around the Great Lakes region. I’ve guided canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, kayak trips in the Apostle Islands of Wisconsin, and climbing courses in the limestone karsts of Laos (where my picture was taken!) I’m passionate about making the outdoors and outdoor industry more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. For the last 6 years I’ve worked for a nonprofit that is striving to break down systemic barriers and structures of oppression that limit access to the outdoors for many. Basically, I just want everyone to have access to the places and experiences that have made a huge impact on my life. I can’t wait to share one of them with y’all!

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the airport on Monday, and joining later on for the kayak expedition. I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing experiences you’ll have between then!

Safe travels and much love to y’all,