315 S 4th Street E, Suite 203
Missoula, MT 59801
Our Yellowstone Staff
Rachel Garwin, program manager
Rachel grew up in Washington, D.C. Her strong belief in the power of learning while immersed in a place-based experience brought her to EPI after a six-year career as an instructor for the Voyageur Outward Bound School in northern Minnesota. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Vermont Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program and studied environmental and conservation issues from an interdisciplinary perspective as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Rachel enjoys backpacking, downhill and cross-country skiing, reading lengthy novels, sleeping under the stars, and staring at tiny plants.
Alexei Desmarais, program supervisor
Alexei was born in Colorado, but lived internationally while growing up. He moved to the Pacific Northwest after finishing a double BA in philosophy and German at Colorado College. Alexei spent three years working with high school-aged youth in the greater Seattle area to implement community initiatives with an environmental focus in and around their schools before pursuing a Master's Degree in Environmental Education at the North Cascades Institute. After completing his Master's degree at NCI, Alexei instructed field courses for the Redfish School of Change, a field-based bioregional program for undergrads. Alexei is an avid musician and loves sharing music with others, as well as trail running, mountain biking, and ski-mountaineering.
Adam Bavier, recruitment and education coordinator
After 4 years and many thousands of miles as a field instructor for the Yellowstone program, in 2017 Adam joined the Yellowstone team full time to help recruit, enroll and lead local teeangers on conservation courses in the GYE. Adam finds peace and deep meaning in learning with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho students in the field, and is never more engaged than when exploring the landscape with these kids. He is a graduate student in science education at Montana State University and a year round resident of Missoula (except when in the field in Yellowstone). His favorite thing to do outside is to try something new and difficult.
Stephanie Barron, program assistant
Stephanie hails from Lansing, Michigan, but has lived all over the country before landing in Missoula, Montana. Stephanie's belief in the vital role of experiential learning on youth development stems from her previous experience in environmental education and working on field research crews after graduating from Randolph College in Virginia. Her varied field research and conservation work background has given her wide experience with gear organization and repair, menu planning, and how to keep calm in the face of many simultaneous demands -- all important skills for the Yellowstone Program logistics coordinator! Stephanie enjoys being outside as much as possible, which can look like backpacking, birding, or camping with her adventure cat, Ziggy Stardust.