Born and reared in Omaha, Nebraska where, as a child Alvin was encouraged to play and explore outdoors despite the weather. At eight years old he read an article in Nat Geo’s WORLD of three guys who bicycled from Alaska to Argentina. He was young, energetic, and inspired. Through adolescence, Alvin kept active with competitive swimming, BMX, Karate, running and sailing. The article he read resurfaced from memory and inspired a solo bicycle tour from Everett, Washington to Key West, Florida to raise money and awareness for Reyes Syndrome, a rare disease that took his sister’s life. This experience was life changing and set the course for what would be a new, yet meandering path of his future. Becoming a father of a girl and boy in his early 20’s, was yet another life changing adventure. For nine years he was a student of the “college of life” where he studied, practiced, and taught skiing and backcountry skills, guided mountain bike tours, kayaking and raft trips to people of all ages. Alvin entered the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a focus on Physical Geography. Within this discipline he realized the connection of his studies to his wilderness experience and sought ways to apply them in an outdoor educational setting. Four years later he entered grad school in Cultural Geography, and became an instructor for Outward Bound where he developed a passion for teaching experiential education. Alvin continues to work at Voyageur Outward Bound School as a lead instructor and pursue an active life of outdoor adventures with a Zen-like approach. He enjoys creating delicious meals, reading, journaling, and traveling.
Omaha BA Physical Geography, University Nebraska;
MA Cultural Geography, University Nebraska Omaha
Wilderness First Responder, CPR/First Aid, Outdoor Emergency Care
Logistics & Communications
Growing up the forest behind Alexia’s house was both adventureland and sanctuary. It wasn’t until her first outdoor expedition in college that she began to understand the depths of her passion for teaching and learning in the out of doors. The majority of Alexia’s working career has been at Earlham College coordinating the August Wilderness and outdoor education program including academic courses in backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and bicycling. At Earlham, she designed a placed-based May Term course, where students bicycled over 600 miles throughout Indiana, learning about history, agriculture, and sustainability. In 2015, Alexia pedaled over 1,500 miles on an independent challenge for Climate Ride from Indiana to Maine camping and blogging about her experience. Alexia’s interests and hobbies include all types of outdoor adventures, holistic wellness, farming, foraging, community engagement, ukulele playing, reading, and alternative living.
*In addition to being Alvin’s direct support through North America, Alexia will provide opportunities to connect with local farmers with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and incorporate photo essays on farm and food ethics.
BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Radford University