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Courtney Nachlas

Courtney was born and raised in South Florida, where she developed a love for nature at an early age after spending countless hours wandering the beach and exploring the ocean. After moving north to spend two years as a 2nd-grade teacher in New York City, she relocated to Boulder, Colorado, to pursue her long-standing passion for travel with Natural Habitat Adventures. Previously, Courtney was an editor at The Daily Meal and has been published more than 400 times in various publications. In 2017, she swapped the cityscape for mountains when she joined Nat Hab’s Travel Desk team.

 As a teen, Courtney volunteered at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, a Florida turtle conservancy where her interest in conservation and wildlife grew. She studied journalism at the University of Florida while fostering her commitment to conservation with Gators Going Green, a UF group dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability. When she wasn’t harvesting kale in the UF sustainable gardens, Courtney served as the UF Campus Tree Director, which earned her the nickname “The Lorax.” Her love for both wildlife and surfing led her to study marine biology at the University of Queensland in Australia, where she researched marine animals and got very friendly with koalas.

 Courtney’s passion for travel was likewise fostered early on, encouraged by her parents as she traveled with them to numerous countries, experiencing new and exciting cultures. Her most memorable trips include a journey to Bhutan, where she was “adopted” by a local family for the day, and to the Philippines for a medical mission trip during which she made long-lasting friendships with local people. These early travels prompted a desire to explore on her own. At 20, Courtney backpacked solo around Europe, visiting 11 countries. Having now explored more than 30 countries on five continents, Courtney can’t wait to complete her list with travels to Antarctica and Africa. In the meantime, she’s happy exploring the mountains and trails that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer.
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    My selfie with a sea turtles off of the coast of Isabela Island in the GalapagosPracticing my seal pose with this Galapagos sea lionPracticing my seal pose with this Galapagos sea lionPhotographing the two Galapagos tortoises at Urbina Bay Hanging with a group of sea lions on this Galapagos beachMy first sighting of Machu PicchuMy llama selfie at Machu PicchuOur group of brave travelers after hiking to the top of Wayna PicchuAt the top of Wayna Picchu looking over Machu PicchuPhotographing incredible icebergs in the Arctic Ocean outside of Ilulissat, Greenland.Free diving in -2 degrees C. between the North American and the Eurasian continental plates at Silfra in Iceland.The most epic Northern Lights I’ve ever seen in Myvatn, Iceland.An epic narwhal sighting in Greenland.Photographing polar bears at the Tundra Lodge.Selfie with a polar bear at our Tundra Lodge in Churchill!On our way to see the polar bears in Churchill!Polar bear in Churchill.My room in the Tundra Lodge in Churchill.Horseshoe Bend in Arizona (Featuring Milo).Capturing Rio de Janeiro’s sunset.Exploring ice caves in Fox Glacier on her trip to New Zealand.Taking some time to meditate on the South China Sea, The Philippines.Attempting to spoon a kangaroo in Queensland, AustraliaHanging prayer flags at the top of Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan.Getting koala kissed in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia.Rowing a boat in Lake Bled, Slovenia.
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