Olivia Sackler

Community Programs Coordinator

Olivia’s passion for the outdoors has been defined since childhood. Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, Olivia started adventuring at a young age. She was always infatuated with plants and critters and sought time spent in nature. She backpacked through Yellowstone, bike-packed on the west coast, did biological field studies in Costa Rica, got SCUBA certified and explored Fiji and Australia, and sailed through the Caribbean. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston, and partook in field programs to South Africa and Ecuador and the Galapagos. In college, she engaged with the community as a tour guide, peer facilitator, orientation leader, and
president of the Outdoors Club.

She has channeled her enthusiasm for wild places into sharing them with others through her work. She led programs for teenagers with Apogee adventures in New England, California, and Alaska. She spent half of a year doing freelance outdoor and environmental education and leadership facilitation in Southeast Asia with international schools. She dedicated two seasons to working at Catalina Environmental Leadership Program on Catalina island, where she facilitated student groups on land and in sea, delving into place based education, sustainability, and leadership development. She also led a program for Putney Student Adventures in Costa Rica focused on biodiversity and cultural exchange. Olivia was drawn to the Roaring Fork Valley. She’s worked with local schools and outdoor programs, been a ski instructor, and worked as a summer educator for ACES. She has grown roots in this special valley and feels profoundly connected to its community. When not exploring or teaching, you can find Olivia dancing to live music, playing with watercolor, or reading a book! She is excited to gear her enthusiasm for this work as the Community Programs Coordinator at ACES!