Heather "H" Denaro, Wilderness Field Instructor

Hello! My name is Heather, or just "H" for short. I grew up in Michigan with my family where I spent a lot of time on a boat, in the water, and played an immense amount of sports. I received my bachelorís degree in Psychology shortly before I made the jump the Pacific Northwest to continue my education. I studied at the University of Washington where I received my graduate degree in Social Work. With my passion for the outdoors coupled with my love for learning, I went ahead and obtained my Wilderness First Aid certificate. Along my life, I have connected with youth whom come from all walks of life. I have worked in a variety of settings and programs that aim to help youth in need. I have discovered my passion with being a part of creating a better path for young people.

In my journey to the PNW, I have created a relationship with nature. Backpacking Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula has fed my soul! You can find me strolling the streets of Seattle when Iím not in the mountains. More often than not, Iím usually traveling the world, free-hand bouldering, taking my husky, Nala, on hikes, or eating Sour Patch Kids. I explore with my friends quite often and they are my home away home. I have learned first-hand how nature can heal and nurture the soul. I am excited to bring my knowledge to ROP and help provide students with the skills and tools they can use to enhance their own lives when they are facing challenging circumstances.