For as long as she can remember, Lauren has been compelled to get out and explore the world. Her first solo expedition was a furtive trip to a playground across town that was fueled by wanderlust, a Snickers bar and her trusty tricycle. Though the excursion was cut short by two parents eager to get their 3-year-old home, Lauren’s sense of excitement about the world only grew from there, and her adventures since have been varied.
As an art history major, Lauren “studied” London, thrilled to have a legitimate excuse to hang out in some of the world’s best museums. She once traded her bed for some rock climbing gear so she could explore the vertical world of the northeastern U.S. and beyond. Then, telling her friends and family, “Don’t worry, I’m sure it’ll all work out,” she moved to Costa Rica. By the end of her third month Lauren had settled in San Jose and bought a run-down operation she was busily transforming into a profitable hostel. Things did indeed work out, and the hostel was a great success.
Prior to joining Natural Habitat as an Adventure Specialist, Lauren worked most recently in Vermont as a rock climbing instructor, snowshoe guide and manager of a ski resort fitness facility.
Her favorite way to get close to nature and wildlife is by playing outside. While rock climbing, she spotted a mother peregrine falcon building a nest. Her trail running adventures include being pursued by a blue morpho butterfly, “chasing” a whitetail deer, and almost getting hit by a barred owl swooping down to catch a mouse before her on the trail. In Alaska, kayaking next to a glacier, she was lucky enough to witness it calve, creating a big wave. Most recently, Lauren spent two weeks falling in love with the Arctic on our Discover Greenland adventure. About two-thirds of the way through the trip, she realized it was the single greatest adventure of her life, and she tells anyone who’ll listen (and some who won’t!) about the rare, expansive beauty of that place.
When Lauren isn’t helping Nat Hab travelers plan their next great adventure, you’ll find her indulging her passion for running crazy long distances, climbing or exploring Colorado’s beautiful backcountry with her boyfriend. If it’s fun and happens outside, Lauren’s probably doing it!