From blasting through river rapids to rock-hopping along the spines of continents, our volunteers have amazing adventure stories from their pursuit of scientific data. In December, we invited four volunteers to share their stories as part of our year-end celebration event. Check out the video replay to hear from: 

  • Emily Hammel, who cycled Montana’s epic Beartooth Pass for our Wildlife Connectivity project in honor of a friend killed by a distracted driver on a cycling trip;
  • Wren Wagenbach, who sleuthed the secret to where elusive Alaska yellow-cedar trees hide while collecting tree samples to combat illegal logging
  • Trecia Ehrlich, who leveraged her whitewater skills to investigate the water quality of Wild and Scenic Rivers; and
  • Bethany Hughes, who chased butterflies for our Pollinators project while trekking the length of the Americas. 

You’ll also get a chance to test your trivia skills. Think you know where the world’s oldest tree lives or which river is the oldest in America? Find out in the video! 

As we look forward to a brighter year ahead, these adventure stories from 2020 are a great reminder of the creative ways people went all in to advance science last year. 

Inspired to become a volunteer adventurer? Learn about our current opportunities!