Bio for Gary Thompson
Operations And Leadership Director, McCall Outdoor Science School
Since 1999, Gary has been working as a wilderness educator, expedition leader, and university instructor. Currently, Gary teaches Outdoor Leadership for Environmental Educators at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) and serves as the school's Operations director. He has enjoyed working in both the United States and South America. His professional interests include risk management and leadership education. Gary also teaches for the National Outdoor Leadership School and tries to spend as much time on the river as possible. Gary has a B.A. in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College in North Carolina, and will earn an M.S. in Conservation Social Science from the University of Idaho in 2009.
Bio for Kerry McClay
Snow School Coordinator, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area
Kerry McClay works as an Environmental Educator with the Bogus Basin SnowSchool. His job is to not only teach students about the natural environment but to give other adults an opportunity to teach students in the outdoors. Together students and community members strap on snowshoes and head out into the Boise National Forest to learn about the winter environment. For Kerry the best part about SnowSchool is that he gets to share his love of nature with others.
Kerry's interest in the outdoors began when he moved to Idaho with his parents when he was 9 years old. He was involved with the Boy Scouts and then later with the TREE Club (Teen Restoring Earths Environment) at Boise High School. He received a BA degree from The University of Montana and designed his own masters degree in Environmental Education from Prescott College. Kerry has worked as a naturalist, park ranger, river guide, ropes course instructor, wilderness EMT, and is a graduate of both Outward Bound and NOLS courses in outdoor leadership. He enjoys traveling, sleeping in igloos and playing music with friends. He lives in Boise with his wife Brooke.