Mark has a B.A. from the University of San Francisco. He is a self-taught naturalist. Mark is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), is a Wilderness First Responder (NOLS), and is a Certified Interpretive Guide from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). His passions include natural history, trip development, and adventure travel. Mark began working in the outdoors to help others discover that every place we visit has a story rich in natural and cultural history.
“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 bonding 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 Best Wishes.” Connie, Minnesota.
“Great, fabulous trip!!!” Cecil, Ron, & Ruth