Katie first learned to love the outdoors when she was a small child near Atlanta, Georgia, searching her backyard creek for tadpoles and turtles and going on family Boy Scout camping trips with her father and younger brother. Since then Katie has worked in a variety of environmental and outdoor education facilities, where she has practiced the husbandry of reptiles and birds of prey for interpretative programs, led backpacking trips for both students and adults, and guided canoe tours down the Chattahoochee River, all in the pursuit of teaching others a love of the outdoors to fuel a desire to steward our parks for the future.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgia Tech and went on to gain a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Biology. Immediately prior to joining the National Park Trust, Katie taught a middle school STEM elective to under-served students for four years in North Carolina.
Katie now coordinates field trips for approximately 20 schools across the country, including Washington, D.C.; California, Louisiana, and Illinois. In addition, she assists in overseeing the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest and the Buddy Bison’s Buzz, our school and student-oriented newsletter.