Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sheri tagged along on family hiking outings in the Columbia River Gorge where she forged a deep connection to wilderness. Throughout her youth, Sheri spent summers on the salty shores of the Salish Sea and found her big smile among old growth cedar, seabirds, and silver salmon.
Her love of nature and exploration inspired travel to Grand Teton National Park and the Himalayas, and sparked further interest in adventure travel and ecology. This led Sheri to begin leading wilderness expeditions for youth throughout Washington, Hawaii, Australia and Fiji.
Sheri studied at the esteemed Huxley College for the Environment at Western Washington University. From her very first biological field season monitoring marbled murrelets in Puget Sound, she knew she was destined to live a life intimately connected to the outdoors.
In 1999, Sheri departed Washington's rain drenched forests for the tropics in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Soon, she discovered yet another very wet place on the planet: the Garden Island of Kaua’i, a place she has called home ever since.
A skilled and inspired environmental educator, Sheri taught forest and stream ecology at Olympic Park Institute and worked for many years as an interpretive and environmental education ranger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Sheri's keen interest in protecting seabirds and marine mammals led her to begin collecting marine debris and to found the Kauai Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental non-profit dedicated to ocean and beach protection.
Whenever humanly possible, Sheri seeks out opportunities to travel, study, and reach the most remote wild places. In 2009, she traveled to the distant atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where she lived alone conducting research on nesting Hawaiian green sea turtles at a remote field camp on East Island, French Frigate Shoals.
Sheri also cares about people and strives to provide a rich and meaningful life-changing experience for every guest. She is a seasoned guide who has led adventure trips to a multitude of destinations including Yellowstone, Glacier, and North Cascades national parks, the San Juan Islands, Alaska and Colorado. Autumn brings Sheri to the western shores of Hudson Bay to share one of nature's greatest miracles—the annual polar bear migration—with guests of Natural Habitat Adventures. An accomplished naturalist, Sheri thrives while sharing her passion for nature and sense of wonder with learners of all ages.
Upcoming Adventures with Sheri:
Polar Bears Of Churchill
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Sheri is not only an excellent expedition leader, she has a wonderful personality that made traveling with her delightful. Her knowledge of flora and fauna was exceptional and it was a most delightful week learning from her."
"Sheri is an awesome person and leader. We felt blessed to have her for the adventure. She went above and beyond to assure we all had a great time. She was able to create a cohesive group from the first minute we met. As a group leader myself for the past 20 years, I would describe Sheri as a "super leader"!
"Sheri was a fantastic expedition leader. She was knowledgeable about the polar bear anatomy, habits, evolution, and interactions with their habitat. She was also well-versed in the tundra landscape and habitat from the willows to the lichen to other animals that we saw e.g. arctic hare, arctic fox, red fox and the common raven. The few questions she couldn't answer off the top of her head she looked up and answered the next day. Her energy never faltered and readily engaged with all 16 members of our group - she really went the extra mile! Sheri was easily the best guide I've ever traveled with."