A mountaineer at heart and 3-time West Virginia University alumna, Shannon grew up in Morgantown with a passion for all things outdoors and adventure. Whether camping with her family, building forts in the backyard, or playing out on the soccer field, being outside was big part of her childhood.
In college, Shannon was drawn to programs and courses that were inherently experiential and allowed her to get outside and actively learn. Fittingly, she completed her bachelor of science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources and after graduation, she began her work as a naturalist, leading wilderness camps at an AZA facility in Ohio called the Wilds.
Working at the Wilds opened the world of outdoor and experiential education for Shannon. Her adventures at the Wilds included studies in wetlands, leading young naturalists through the Wilds wildness, and capturing and transporting fledgling Osprey from Langley Air Force Base to be released at the Wilds. Through these experiences, Shannon truly discovered the empowering and transformative impact of outdoor and experiential education.
Shannon returned to WVU to complete her masters of science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources with a focus on environmental and experiential education, and her masters of arts in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on science education. She joined the Adventure WV team in 2012 as a challenge course and canopy tour facilitator, and became the Program Coordinator of the Outdoor Education Center (OEC) in 2015. She enjoys using the outdoors to create empowering and positive experiences where people can learn and recreate. When she’s not at the at the OEC, you can still find Shannon camping with her family, building forts in the backyard, and playing soccer.