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Jesse Bergeson

Yellowstone Field Instructor

Jesse Bergeson, a Yellowstone instructor for the EPI Yellowstone Program, brings a wealth of experience in conservation, leadership, and teaching on public lands. Originally from the suburb jungle of Annapolis, MD, Jesse's journey led him to Missoula, MT in 2002, where he attended the University of Montana and embraced the opportunity to backpack and ski to his heart's content.

Jesse's professional background is diverse and includes significant roles with organizations such as the Montana Conservation Corps, UM, the City of Missoula, Wilderness Institute, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, and the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. Through these experiences, he has developed a deep appreciation for the natural world and a passion for sharing his knowledge about the surrounding ecology. Jesse is fascinated by the intricate connections and functioning of ecosystems and finds joy in imparting that understanding to others, ensuring they have a fun and enriching experience.

Outside of work, Jesse can often be found exploring the woods, searching for wild edibles. The thrill of discovering a bountiful harvest of huckleberries or chanterelle mushrooms energizes him. He also enjoys spending time in the garden, accompanied by his feline companion. Jesse's love for food is a significant motivator in his pursuits.

In terms of volunteer work, Jesse is actively involved in various causes. He contributes to setting up homes for refugee families, assists in thinning overgrown forests and managing invasive plants on public lands, and provides wilderness counseling for troubled youths. These endeavors reflect his dedication to making a positive impact in the community and supporting those in need.

Jesse Bergeson's rich background in conservation, leadership, and teaching, combined with his enthusiasm for sharing ecological knowledge, make him an invaluable member of the EPI team. His dedication to experiential education and his commitment to environmental stewardship align perfectly with EPI's mission.

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