Let These Hills Be Your Teachers

The following is an excerpt from the 2023 Fall/Winter Thacher Magazine.


The Thacher School has operated Golden Trout Wilderness School for over 50 years, connecting thousands of students, alumni, families, and other visitors with the ancient Foxtail pines, endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, and a wide range of other unique flora and fauna that make up the beautiful alpine ecosystem of the southern Sierra Nevada.

Growing up camping in the Sierra with his family, Cam’s love of nature started early and propelled him into a career in the wilderness. In addition to a brief post as a Jungle Cruise guide at Disneyland—that counts, right?— Cam worked for the School of Urban and Wilderness Survival, spending 66 weeks in the field living primitively with troubled teens in southern Idaho. Eventually he made his way back to Thacher, first in the Horse Department, and then teaching English and running Golden Trout Wilderness School where, for the past 15 years, he has been hosting programs for Thacher students, alumni, teachers and families, and for high school students from around the state who hail from underserved communities and underrepresented populations.

Now, in his role as Director of the Outdoor Program, Cam brings with him a lifetime of experience, a deep love and knowledge of Thacher’s history, culture, and community, and a commitment to both fostering a love of nature within the students and faculty and generating a greater understanding of natural systems and their critical role in thriving communities and healthy individuals.

Read the entire feature here, starting on page 14:


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