Jeff D.

Trip leader

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught a summer camp program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He became a founding member of the university’s urban farming club and has led kayaking trips on the Allegheny River, worked Pittsburgh’s transit agency as an environmental sustainability intern, and taught marine science to high schoolers with the city’s roving science vessel, RiverQuest. He currently teaches at the Catalina Island Marine Institute and leads multi-day ocean adventures. His certifications include wilderness first responder, lifeguarding, and NAUI scuba, and he’s returning to Bold Earth for his fourth year as a trip leader.