Rachel Ross joined the Stepping Stones team in January, 2018. She is excited to part of an organization working at the intersection of the natural world and supporting an amazing generation of young people.
Rachel is originally from Vermont, where she grew up on a small sheep farm in the woods. Her love for animals and nature has driven her to study and work in the environmental field. Since graduating from Union College with a degree in Environmental Science, she has worked as an educator, grassroots organizer, and, most recently, served as an AmeriCorps member doing outreach with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Rachel believes that experiences in nature can change lives and is passionate about providing access to those experiences. She believes there is nothing more important than raising youth with respect for and connection to the natural world.
Travel is an important part of Rachel's life, as it is a great way to learn new ideas and empathize with people whose lives are different from what she's experienced. She has driven across the country three times and visited 36 states (Colorado and Utah are next on the list!). Her favorite places are the ones come across unexpectedly that are so surprisingly beautiful.
Rachel loves mountain biking, hiking, camping, and birding. She recently completed nine days and 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail/Long Trail in Vermont and feels blessed to be in the Bay area where she is able to explore and learn about many new ecosystems and the huge diversity of creatures that live here.