2013 SITW Students

Cali Chidester
Cali Chidester

I am passionate about sustainability, especially in regards to sustainably produced food. I plan on completing my bachelors in Environmental Science and earning my masters in Forestry and Agriculture before joining the Peace Corps. My hobbies include writing, reading, and playing guitar. One of my greatest experiences was participating in an alternative spring break this year where I built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Biloxi, Mississippi. I am most excited about getting to live and learn in an outdoor environment during the Semester in the Wild program, and meeting people who share a passion for the environment.


Semester in The Wild student William Davis
William Davis

I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying environmental science with a concentration in conservation. I’m very active and love to be outside. I enjoy camping, running, swimming, being at the beach, kayaking and hiking. During the past year I have gained a lot of experience with different environmental issues. I studied tropical birds and the effects of deforestation on them in Belize. This summer I took a course and we kayaked along the North Carolina coast researching the different environmental problems that we face as a coastal state. I cannot wait to see Idaho for the first time and experience this semester. I look forward to being challenged and gaining much more experience in a new place with new people who also share a passion for the wild. See all of you in a few months!


Susie Everly
Susie Everly

I am a junior studying Environmental Science at the University of Idaho. I love being outside, and in the summer I do a lot of hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing.


I am looking forward to the Semester in the Wild experience because I am thrilled at the idea of being emerged in the outdoors for an extended period of time. I will be able to learn a lot about myself and I think the experience will be one extended “highlighted” experience in my life. I am also very excited to gain hands on experience and learn how to do things that are specific to my major. This should propel me forward towards my dream career, while being an amazing experience I will never forget.


Semester in the Wild student, Wes Green
Wesley Green

I am a senior from St. Maries, ID, studying Environmental Science with an option in Biology.

I recently went on an internship with a non-profit company called BlueEnergy in Bluefields, Nicaragua during Spring break ’13. It was an amazing experience and I cherished every moment. In addition, I interned as an Energy Auditor with the UI Sustainability Center during fall semester ’12. It was a great experience and had an intense learning curve which I gained valuable communication experience. During the summer, I work as a Field Technician with an environmental consulting company called Pine Orchard on the weekends and work full time at Potlatch Corporation in St. Maries, ID. I am looking forward to a new, interactive learning experience that the Semester In The Wild will provide. I love the outdoors and could not think of a more peaceful, amazing experience than this to end my college career pursuing my undergraduate degree!


Sadie Grossbaum
Sadie Grossbaum

I am from Ketchum, Idaho and will be starting my Junior year with the Semester in the Wild program. I am currently working on a B.S. in Recreation with two minors: Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Psychology. I plan to go into wilderness therapy. I am an outdoor enthusiast and focus on climbing, backpacking, tele-skiing, and travel. I enjoy living, learning and working in the outdoors and am very excited for the Semester in the Wild. I am looking forward to working on my outdoor leadership skills, learning about the ecology of the Frank Church, and exploring western literature.


Semester In The Wild student Todd Kriner
Todd Kriner

I am a graduate of Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture looking to further my education and gradually over time expand my knowledge of the outdoors. I plan on obtaining my masters degree in wildlife biology and hopefully one day working with U.S. Fish and wildlife. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, and cars. I have a strong passion for the outdoors which started during my childhood on our family's Christmas tree farm in Andreas, Pennsylvania. From here I learned hard work and determination as well as a strong will to protect other valuable pieces of land from development and pollution. I am overwhelmed with excitement that I have been given the chance to work alongside scientists as well as others who share the same passion as me while learning about the land I'm trying to help in the process.


Jacob Miczulski
Jacob Miczulski

I am a sophomore at the University of Idaho and my focus is on Fire Ecology and Management, with a minor in Outdoor Recreation. I'm from Bellevue, Idaho and I grew up backpacking, rafting, skiing and mountain biking. I love the forests more than anything, specifically the forests of Idaho. I am excited for the Semester in the Wild program because it allows me to learn about what interests me in the environment I love. I cannot wait for this fall.


Bonnie Ricord
Bonnie Ricord

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, majoring in Natural Resource Ecology. I'm from Empire, Michigan, and have worked for the NPS for the past two summers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I am very interested in environmental education and landscape natural history, and I enjoy hiking, swimming, yoga, and reading. In high school, I had the opportunity to attend a semester-long environmental stewardship school, which was an amazing experience. I am looking forward to living and studying in a different part of the country through Semester in the Wild.


Bobby Theer
Bobby Theer

I am a student at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and currently a junior in school working towards my Environmental Science degree and my History minor. I was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago in the town of Libertyville, IL. I am a swimmer and captain for the Oshkosh swim team, and spend most of my free time hanging out with friends and going up to Northern Wisconsin to our family tree farm. My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. I really am truly excited about the Semester in the Wild program and ready to build lasting relationships, connect with nature, and to have the experience of a lifetime!