Hi, we're Stephen and Anne!
Anne and her husband, Stephen Mead, serve as Green River Preserve’s Directors. In addition to the overall operations of Summer Camp and Expeditions, Anne and Stephen serve as Directors of S.E.E. (School of Environmental Education) which includes our residential school programs, the Green River Preserve farm programs, and land and forestry stewardship programs.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, and a life-long camper, Anne found her calling and love of the outdoors early on in life! Her desire to be outside and learn from her surroundings led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in forestry and geology from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Shortly after graduating, she headed out west to the Teton Science School in Kelly, Wyoming and completed a year of graduate work in ecology, place-based and environmental education. Anne spent the next five years exploring various places and communities and culminating these adventures with a Masters in community development, sustainable agriculture, and environmental education from the University of Idaho. Upon graduation, her graduate thesis project of developing a farm and garden curriculum for schools was adopted by the Idaho school system and integrated into their elementary school curriculum.
Anne has worked at Green River over the years at summer camp, expeditions, and the school programs as a counselor, expedition leader, mentor, and program director. Anne’s related camp experiences include working as a counselor and program assistant at Camp Ton-A-Wandah in North Carolina, an expedition leader for Wilderness Ventures and an environmental educator and expedition leader for the Teton Science School. Prior to returning home to GRP, Anne was the Director of Education for the Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton, Colorado. Anne and her husband, Steve, are both actively engaged in the American Camp Association, The Association of Environmental Education, and The North Carolina Youth Camp Association. When Anne is not working, she can be found trail running, paddling, cycling, or backcountry skiing with her husband Steve, their sons, Phen and Hawkins, and golden retriever, Irie Bird!
Stephen grew up in Boston, Massachusetts playing and following the major sports including his life time passion of snow skiing. His interest in plants and trees began at a young age, but his love of the outdoors did not blossom until his prep school years at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in natural resources and forestry, Stephen spent time working in an environmental education program at a camp in Southern California. His love for the mountains and lots of snow led him to Wyoming and Colorado via the Teton Science School where he met his wife, Anne.
Anne and Stephen spent several years living and working in Silverton, Colorado, where they continue to maintain a winter office for GRP Expeditions and S.E.E. Stephen’s experiences prior to GRP include AmeriCorps, wild land fire-fighting, watershed restoration, and forest management in Colorado and Idaho. If you stop by Silverton in the winter, be sure to listen in to Stephen’s Thursday evening radio program on the local station. In his spare time, Stephen can be found backcountry skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running, paddling, and basically doing just about anything active outside.
Stephen also serves as an Ambassador for Outdoor Research (OR) and can be seen backcountry skiing for OR on their YouTube Video Sideway Sessions 2 Silverton, Colorado.
OR’s Tiny House is the inspiration for GRP’s new Tiny House Camp to Go Program to launch in the fall of 2014.