Sam Hensold

Sam Hensold is the Access and Diversity Advocate for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE). In this role that he occupies on nights and weekends, Sam specializes in stakeholder collaboration for projects and partnerships related to public lands and water access, permitting, and diversity/inclusion. Currently living in Durango, Colorado, Sam’s day job is at Fort Lewis College, where he is the coordinator for the outdoor program’s student leadership and freshman orientation programs. There, he uses the power of the outdoors to build inclusive communities and challenge students to build life skills not attainable solely through the classroom. When not driving a desk or torturing students in the mountains, Sam dreams of his next adventure with his wife and daughter—whether by bike, ski, boat, or backpack. His favorite wild place is the Weminuche Wilderness, just outside Durango.


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