EcoTour Adventure Guides

Eco Tour Adventures was created to help people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. We believe that knowledge of the intricate workings of an ecosystem leads to a deeper appreciation and connection with the environment, which becomes reflected in more environmentally sound choices in day to day life. We are passionate about opening our guests eyes to the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and fostering their connection with the natural world. 

Eco Tour Adventures strives to be an environmentally friendly and locally sustainable business. As a Carbon Fund Partner, we are a carbon neutral business.  Supporting our local economy and giving back to organizations that protect the surrounding natural area is also very important to us. Therefore, we use local services and products whenever possible and have initiated a Dollars for Conservation program, donating 2.5% of our gross revenue to organizations that protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  In 2016 we donated over $10,000 to local conservation and research groups that protect the very resources that we enjoy on our programs.  An additional goal of Eco Tour Adventures is to be a positive role model for other businesses and our hope is to inspire more organizations to make eco friendly choices.  EcoTour Adventures is an authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.

                          Introducing our Program Leaders 2017

Taylor Phillips

Taylor Phillips

I was raised in Richmond, Virginia. Moving to Florida for a degree in environmental studies & environmental philosophy, I continued to pursue my interests in environmental education. I currently hold certification from the National Association for Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Guide ... Read more

Josh Metten

Josh Metten

From Fort Collins, Colorado, Josh was inspired by many childhood weekends spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. His college years took him to Colorado State to study Natural Resources Management and gain experience through field work in rangeland, forestry, wildlife, and fisheries sciences. Josh is a Certified Interpretive Guide and also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Greater ... Read more

Laura Krusheski

Laura Krusheski

Laura was born in the Great Swamp of New Jersey, a protected wetland bustling with wildlife. She spent her college years in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, where she pursued a degree in the fine arts and specifically, adventure photography. Her knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-System and her passion for photography compliment her skills as an EcoTours guide. ... Read more

Verlin Stephens

Verlin Stephens

Verlin was raised in Colorado, and attended the University of Nebraska and obtained a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Management where he worked as a hydrologic technician with the United States Geological Survey. Upon graduation he obtained a position with the USGS Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. When he is not working, he loves exploring ... Read more

Mark Byall

Mark Byall

Raised in Kansas City, Mark discovered his love for the outdoors. He received a Bachelors degree in Terrestrial Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. He has also gained experience working as a field technician on studies focused on the biology and behavior of Black-Backed Woodpeckers, Greater Sage Grouse, Western Painted Turtles, and native trout species of Montana. ... Read more

Jessie Stirling

Jessie Stirling

Growing up in Oklahoma, Jessie would explore the woods and discover frogs croaking, birds singing, and new plants alongside the trails! She moved out west in 2006 to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. She has volunteered with the National Park Service leading interpretive programs. During the fall of 2012, Jessie worked with African Black-footed Penguins ... Read more

Mariah Childs

Mariah Childs

Mariah grew up in Montana and graduated from UM with a degree in Ecology and Organismal Biology. She then went to work at the Montana Conservation Genetics Lab. Her main projects focused on bighorn sheep pneumonia in Rocky Mountain National Park, and elk brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In 2013 she joined the Peace Corps and became a Natural Resource Conservation Volunteer in Ecuador where she taught Natural Resources and English for two years. ... Read more

Kat Townsend

Kat Townsend

Kat was born in British Columbia where her love for wildlife and the outdoors started. Kat acquired her Bachelors of Wildlife Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia, and then attended Arkansas State University, where she complete her Masters of Science in Biology. She has been a professional wildlife biologist since 2006 working with bears, raptors, and other wildlife. Her work has taken her to Jackson Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, and all over Canada. ... Read more

Mike Vanian

Mike Vanian

Born and raised in Colorado mike earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management Recreation & Tourism. Mike joined the National Park Service where he realized his true calling: conservation through education. While working as an Interpretive Ranger in Yellowstone, Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns and Sequoia National Parks he educated, inspired and empowered many people to join him in understading our natural world. He has been working within the field of interpretation since 2002. ... Read more

Chelse Grohman

Chelse Grohman

Chelse, a Michigan native received her bachelors in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Lake Superior University. Her professional life began when she was only seventeen. Starting as a volunteer with an owl study, she was soon hired as a wildlife biologist technician with the same study; although owls were just the beginning. She was a part of various other projects such as researching song birds, waterfowl, birds of prey, fish, frogs, insects and mink. ... Read more

Shaun Martin

Shaun Martin

Shaun grew up in Fairfield County Connecticut and then attended Paul Smith's College in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, earning a Bachelors of Science in Fish and Wildlife Science. He worked as a Summer Naturalist for the Audubon Society, teaching environmental education. Additionally he has worked as the Lead Field Biologist for an environmental consulting firm. Shaun's love of teaching about the environment is what drew him to guiding ... Read more