Chris Olsen, Project Leader



Chris was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California (For real, feel free to laugh.) His varied interests led him to pursue the study of natural history at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. A few semesters in, he discovered a startling imbalance in the relationship between his continued interest in school and his ever-growing loan debt. The remedy materialized in a position with the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), where he worked for eighteen months on various salmon habitat restoration projects throughout Washington State, concluding his service building trail in Mt. Rainier National Park. Days off were spent backpacking in the Cascades, the Olympics, climbing trees and learning to become more in tune with his inner catbear, leading him to look after acquiring a banjo (whose delicate twang had entranced him some fire-lit full moon night).

He began work with SCA satisfying the desires to work outside and travel extensively he has so far led 4 high school crews, co-led the Manchester Community high school program while a member of NH Corps, built trail at Lake Berryessa, and worked on a leader team in California’s Desolation Wilderness.

Chris is looking forward to living with and learning from a great new group of people, maintaining trail, flying kites, heart sparkles and eye smiles.