Nick Peterson – Wilderness Trips Manager

Nick Peterson hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and is known to his friends (and enemies?) as a serial guacamole eater. He swears he can stop at any time. When he is not slamming chips smothered in guac, Nick can be found running, skiing, climbing, paddling, or flipping sheep at the family farm in Comfrey, MN. He studied Math and Economics in college and spent summers guiding canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada. Nick’s first foray into the far north was a 2 month canoe trip in the Northwest Territories, it was so great that he moved to Alaska two years later.

Why do you want to work for trailside?
I am passionate about the outdoors, especially outdoor adventure and education. As the wilderness trips manager at Trailside I have a great opportunity to facilitate meaningful outdoor experiences for young people. These are experiences that last a lifetime.

What are you most excited about this summer when it comes to Trailside?
I’m most excited to work with a group of people that share my passion for outdoor education.

What’s your history with outdoor education?
I have been working in outdoor education for the last 7 years. My most recent role was the Director at Stearns Scout Camp in Central Minnesota. I have also worked as a Climbing Instructor, Wilderness Paddling Guide, and Seasonal Summer Camp Manager.

What is your role with Trailside?
I am the Wilderness Trips Manager. I have the awesome responsibility of overseeing High Adventure trips that will take kids to some of the most spectacular places in Alaska. What do you like about working for The Alaska Center? The Alaska Center is a great place to work. The office is full of fun people (and dogs) that share passions for the outdoors, social justice, and Alaska. But my favorite part is the occasional morning snacks, keep that up please.

What Trailside camp event are you most excited about this summer?
I’m really excited about Marine Encounters.  It is one of 12 overnight camping trips that we have going out this summer.  This is an awesome trip!  The campers take a boat out to Caines Head State Park where they camp for 3 nights.  They will learn about tides, sea life, and coastal habitat while exploring beaches, trails, and an abandoned WWII fort.  This is a great trip for anyone interested in oceans or just looking for a week of fun adventure.  

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