Montana Roots Gap Leader
Andy Hayes originally hails from Washington, D.C. and Central Pennsylvania. Growing up, he liked to play sports, read and write. He eventually took his writing interests to Pennsylvania State University, where he earned degrees in English and Geography.
When Andy graduated, he had one primary goal—to save the world. It was lofty, naive and all too unattainable, he knew. He went on to work with nonprofits and local governments, and always found himself hitting the same limiting factor: apathy. After spending a weekend in the mountains, Andy realized that he wasn’t quite ready to settle down. He accepted an internship with a local environmental center that focused on teaching about the natural world. It was fulfilling to put his knowledge and experience to use, and he inspired curiosity and helped students care about the world and people around them. That was helping to save the world—pushing people to know and care.
Andy has continued on his quest to inspire, educate and be outdoors, including doing a 1,500 mile bike ride from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, Chile, teaching permaculture in Costa Rica, serving as an environmental educator for the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire, and working as a professional ski instructor at Big Sky Resort in Montana. He has also been an expedition leader for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the Wind River Range of Wyoming and taught classes about energy efficiency and climate change to rural communities through service as an Americorps volunteer.
Andy has lived in Montana since 2017 and is excited to take his passion for the land, conservation, exploration and education to VISIONS Gap this fall!
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