Julia first developed an appreciation for the natural world when growing up in the great state of Rhode Island by riding her bicycle all-day, every summer and exploring the beaches in her neighborhood. It wasn’t until college that she had her first truly immersive international experience. In 2010, she participated in a Sustainable Development Studies program with the School for Field Studies in Costa Rica. The program involved an immense amount of travel throughout the country as well as a few weeks spent in Nicaragua and Panama. This had such a profound impact on Julia that upon return she chose to work for her University’s Office of International Education so that she could share her experiences and encourage other students to study abroad. She especially hoped to encourage those interested in the environment to experience what it’s like to learn in the field as opposed to the classroom. Her desire to promote environmental and international education has been unshakable ever since.

Julia received a BA in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Communicating Climate Change, as well as a minor in Spanish from the University of Vermont. Since then she has been working as a Naturalist in Aspen, CO – mastering the area’s flora and fauna, leading hikes, and tending to an elderly Golden Eagle. In the past year she has also gone through training to become a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys drinking lots of coffee, listening to live music, cooking delicious meals, riding bikes with friends, dreaming up her next adventure, and laughing herself to tears.