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Emily Kokotan

Senior trip leader: Hawaii Adventure

Hailing from Pure Michigan, Emily returns to Bold Earth for her second year as a trip leader. She currently works for NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park as an environmental educator, taking students on hiking trips throughout the park. Previously, she was a naturalist for a YMCA in Washington, where she took students on canoeing and hiking trips and taught biology in a classroom. She’s also taught English at the Moonkkang English Academy in South Korea and was a zipline guide in Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest.

  • Education: Cornerstone University; bachelor’s degree in international business
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, lifeguard
  • What was the last big trip you took? I went on a 72-day expedition that took me to North Carolina, Florida, and Patagonia. We backpacked through a hurricane, canoed 235 miles down an alligator-infested river, and traversed glacier-covered mountains. It was pretty rad!
  • What excites you about working for BE this summer? I am so excited about the kids, the games, the skills, the inside jokes, and all the memorable, wonderful things that happen every second on a Bold Earth trip.
  • What’s your favorite travel memory? I took a solo, week-long trip to Japan and traveled up and down the country to see how much food I could fit in my stomach. It was amazing.