Program Supervisor/Field Instructor, NOLS
BA - Environmental Studies, Eckerd College, 1997
Wendy Davis is working for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a non-profit organization whose mission includes being the leader in wilderness education. As a field instructor, Davis specializes in teaching mountaineering and climbing courses. Most courses are 30 days in length and she teaches technical climbing and mountain travel skills, leadership and communication. She also offers courses in environmental studies related to the area where her students are traveling. In her role as program supervisor she supervises field staff, develops new curriculum, and manages evacuations. Besides her work at NOLS, Wendy has the unique position of being a professional sled dog racer. Wendy says that sled dog racing includes managing the nutrition, training, conditioning, and veterinary care of the team when you are off the trail. When she is on the trail she both an athlete and a coach, running with her team while managing their performance and safety.
"My time at Eckerd gave me the background knowledge that I needed to develop curriculum for NOLS. Eckerd was also the place in which I bean to develop self-confidence and learned to take initiative in order to achieve my personal goals. At Eckerd I was granted permission to take a semester long course with NOLS and earn college credit, and I spent a January term doing wolf research. These types of experiences have really shaped my life choices and have had a positive impact on me."