Our passion is connecting youth with the outdoors.
We’re a team of diverse outdoor enthusiasts thrilled to nurture the love of nature on the Western Slope of Colorado.
Priscilla has been involved with The Nature Connection since its inception. As Director of Operations, she has committed herself to fulfilling the Generation Wild GOCO Grant in all of its dimensions. Over the past three years she has designed many new outdoor programs, engaged in county-wide project management and developed community partnerships for the organization. She spent multiple winters as a Forest Service Educator and Snow Ranger with the Skis for Kids Program prior to becoming TNC’s Program Director in 2018. Priscilla initially pursued the art of teaching outdoor education while completing her B.S. in Environmental Communication from Colorado State University, instructing youth at CSU’s Environmental Learning Center and Pingree mountain campus. She gained much of her outdoor skill set and values growing up in Palisade, Colorado as well as her years spent with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and mule packer, educating public land users across the rural West. Happy to be back home here on the Western Slope, Priscilla works with TNC’s coalition to engage youth and communities in the endless wonders of the outdoors. When she’s able to hit the field, snow science is one of her favorite topics to teach as well as lead Girls on the Run backpacking trips. In her free time, she is currently motivated to raft the many western rivers, hunt with her husband and pup, cross-country ski and train her baby mule Leroux.
Tori graduated from The Evergreen State College 2011 with a BS in Wildlife Biology and Management and since then has been active in the biological sciences and environmental education. She has worked for both private and non-profit organizations, completing projects funded by The BLM, Conservancies, National Parks Service and the US Forest Service. In this work, she has developed a solid understanding of how different organizations can work together to achieve common goals and use education to enrich community and the quality of life for individuals. Tori has lived and worked in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Mexico and Malaysia. She has called The North Fork Valley her home six years. An avid adventurer, she can be found spending her spare time with her husband, daughter and pup, looking for birds in the mountains or rafting one of the West’s stunning rivers. As the Director of Kids and Community Programs for The Nature Connection team, Tori is overjoyed to be creating recreational opportunities for Delta County’s youth and connecting her community to the outdoors.
Kaeli lived in Denver before moving to Delta County 12 years ago and loves to support the community and youth of Delta and the surrounding areas.
In her spare time, she likes to hike, read, and go to concerts.
Kaeli is passionate about giving Delta County and surrounding communities youth the opportunity to experience and explore the outdoors in new and safe ways.
Emily is a second year intern at the Delta Summer Camp. She is originally from Loveland, but has lived in Delta for the past four years. She wanted to work at The Nature Connection to get outside, be around kids, and be outdoors! In her spare time, Emily likes to go camping, hiking, and floating on the river, and drawing.
Riley was born in California, but moved to Colorado when she was eleven. She wants to pursue a career in the outdoors and loves being outside. She enjoys paddle-boarding, rafting, kayaking and tubing. In her free time, she enjoys talking to friends, hiking, and watching movies.
Kara has lived in Delta for the past six years. She wanted to work at The Nature Connection because she enjoys being outside and gives her a chance to share that passion with the youth in the community. Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is paddle-board, hike, and explore new places!