Nizhooni Hurd

My name is Nizhooni Hurd. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I completed my high school education at the Denver School of Science and Technology, Green Valley Ranch in 2016. I am currently attending Colorado College as an El Pomar Scholar and hope to graduate in the spring of 2020 with an intended major in Environmental Science and a double minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies as well as Education. In the summer of 2015, I completed a 16-day Southwest rafting and kayaking course with the Colorado Outward Bound School. The trip was a challenging experience of the body, mind, and soul. As I was one of few women of color on the trip, I became increasingly passionate about the relationship people of color have with the outdoors as well as how special and freeing the wilderness can be for anyone. In October of 2015, I began working as an Assistant Educator for Environmental Learning for Kids. In my time with ELK, I have succeeded to working as a an Urban Ranger in the summer of 2016 and as a College Lead for the Urban Ranger Program in the summer of 2017. I find it refreshing to teach and encourage children through environmental education. Through working with ELK, I have grown to love environmental science and outdoor recreation and the positive effects that outdoor opportunities can have for children and really all people. In the future I hope to continue to keep building myself as a woman of color in the outdoors and as an outdoor educator that seeks social justice through outdoor avenues. 

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