Education: B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, minor studies in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Ed is originally from the small town of Cresson, Pennsylvania – just over 1,800 miles away from Eagle View Ranch. He earned his degree from Penn State University while being involved in a number of clubs and sports teams. Ed’s relationship with outdoor recreation and education began when he participated in a backpacking orientation program as an incoming freshman. This adventure led to him discovering his passion for natural history, teaching, and facilitating meaningful experiences in the context of outdoor recreation. During his time at Penn State, Ed worked in a wide variety of trip guiding, leadership, and logistical roles with AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs, Penn State Outdoor Adventures, and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. 

He was a mentor during the 2019-2020 GAP Year and followed that experience with a year working as a member of U.S. Army Fort Campbell’s recreation division. Ed found working with SOAR students to develop life skills, self-confidence, and outdoor capabilities to be incredibly rewarding – so much so that he has returned for another year! 

In his free time, he enjoys outdoor recreation in its many forms, reading, drinking good coffee, and growing unruly beards. Ed is beyond stoked to once again have the opportunity to be a part of GAP Year at SOAR and to share his passion for the natural world, personal development, and adventure with a new group of Gappers.