Dan grew up in upstate New York with a family that instilled a love of camping and the outdoors. This passion led him to study Environmental Science at College of the Redwoods in Northern California. He would go on to serve as Outdoor Education Director for four seasons at a camp in New York, developing a program to foster confidence, teamwork, and respect for nature through outdoor living skills. This experience eventually brought him to spend two seasons as a crew member for the Montana Conservation Corps in central and northwest Montana. From helping restore bison rangeland in the prairie to living and building trails in the mountains of the Bob Marshall Wilderness he learned the power of conservation, service, and education through hands-on experience. He returned to the MCC in 2014 to serve as a Field Crew Leader and after undergoing their leadership development program led his own crew on conservation projects ranging from Glacier Nat'l park to the St. Joe Nat'l forest in Idaho.
Most recently he worked as a Wilderness Ranger with the forest service in the Frank Church Wilderness leading a trail crew and serving as a public contact for recreationalists and hunters while living out of a backcountry station in the heart of the wilderness. He looks forward to this experience with Sierra Nevada Journeys to share his passion for learning in the outdoors while being part of a fun and dynamic experience!