My name is Ruthie Cartwright, and I’m excited to be serving the next sixth months as your Americorps Education Assistant. I was born and raised in Portland Oregon, a place known for the accessibility of its wild landscapes, whether it be high desert, coast, or rainforest, although looking at how much of my childhood was spent indoors, you wouldn't know it.
I then went to Haverford College just outside of Philadelphia to get my bachelors in Anthropology and Environmental Studies, where I had the opportunity to do a summer internship with High Rocks. It was in these hills that I began to cultivate my reverence for nature and to develop a sense of place. Having discovered a love for this landscape, I continued to pursue my passion for experiential education with The Mountain Institute in Circleville, WV. My desire to work longer trips took me back West for a season of trail work with North West Youth Corps in Washington and to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota with the Voyageur Outward Bound School, leading youth on three to five week expeditions. As I traveled and continued to develop my skills as a wilderness instructor, Pocahontas County was always in the back of my mind. I began to wonder about not just how to bring students into the wilderness, but how to integrate the wilderness into their daily lives. Which brings us back to the Yew--I’m grateful to be back in Hillsboro, to feel held once again by these beautiful mountains, and am looking forward to a season of exploration and learning in your wild and wonderful woods.
Looking forward to meeting you!