Mark’s passion is connecting people with lifelong learning and outdoor experiences so they can make a difference.
My work is in development/fundraising at the Red Panda Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving red pandas and their forest habitat in Nepal. I provide over 8 years of experience in fundraising, donor stewardship, database management, marketing, communications, and grant writing.
I am also a Certified Interpretive Guide, Wilderness First Responder, and an Oregon Master Naturalist. As a Group Leader at Road Scholar, I lead week-long interpretive science and nature programs in the Pacific Northwest. I love sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the region’s culture, history, and natural wonders. I enjoy creating memorable and meaningful experiences for travelers who want to connect with the world and themselves.
Contact me: mark @ letsgoexploring.com.
“Mark led this trip professionally, astutely, and with honesty” – Joseph, New York.
“Mark sets the tone of our group the first night having us introduce ourselves, tell where we were from, and ‘where we would send an inquisitive mind.’ This gave us an immediate opening and opportunity to connect with our fellow travelers. He continued to help us become a cohesive group that got along extremely well together. He showed strong leadership skills. I have been an educator most of my life and recognized that he had the personality and teaching practices that make learning fun, educational, and inspiring.” Peggy & Tom
“Thank you so much for giving my grandchild and I an extraordinary memory. Very special.“ Liz, New York
“Thank you for a great Road Scholar trip. We really enjoyed it!“ G, C, and A, Florida
“The Crater Lake and Bend Outdoor Adventure was beyond terrific. Mark led the group in activities that included exploring a lava tube cave, rafting some class 3 rapids, hiking up to 5 and 6 miles a day in some beautiful terrain, and enjoying Crater Lake. He created an atmosphere that rates 5 stars!!” Ruth, North Carolina
“His organizational skills are very impressive; we packed a huge amount of learning and fun into one week. He even snuck in a nighttime walk near Crater Lake to a spring coming out of the mountain with a flock of little bats skimming around the pool inches from us. Loved it!“
“Mark led this group in an easy-going and positive manner. The program was fun and the educational benefits were high. The activities fostered a bond between grandchild and grandparent as well as with the group as a whole. He had excellent suggestions for free-time activities and restaurants on our own. He prepared us well for what we were going to see and do..“ Anonymous
“Thank you for all your help, kindness, and consideration you gave to us on this trip. Truly enjoyed our adventure and the many wonderful places we visited!“ your stories and extra information have made Oregon extra memorable. All the Best Wishes.” Connie, Minnesota.
“Great, fabulous trip!!!” Cecil, Ron, & Ruth