High School Student to School Trip Leader

In high school, the Astronomy trip to Mount Lassen was Alydn Markle's favorite. She and her classmates investigated the night sky; hiked a barren, volcanic peak; experienced pure darkness in the Subway Cave; and enjoyed some unstructured time to explore. For the past several years, before she returns to college in the fall, Aldyn has re-joined the Astronomy trip as a chaperone and leader. She has also supported the school's summer Range of Light trips to Yosemite. "Working with my former teachers in the field has been a real privilege," she notes. "Each year my role deepens and my perspective evolves."

At just 21, Aldyn already has years of outdoor education experience under her belt. She worked through high school as trip leader with Environmental Traveling Companions, a nonprofit organization that opens the beauty of the outdoors to people with disabiltes and under-resourced youth. She also hosted kayaking trips on the Bay through Sea Trek.

As a senior at Hampshire College, Aldyn is studying marine biology and science education. Her field work has taken her to Sarasota, Florida to study communication masking in bottlenose dolphins and to the Marine Mammal Center in the Headlands to work on educational program development. She was also part of a student team recognized by the American Ecological Engineer Society for their storm water filter designs.

Aldyn has earned a certificate of Coastal and Marin Science Education and will devote her senior year to her thesis project.