Anna Stevens

India, Nepal, & Mekong Instructor
B.A. Summa Cum Laude, German Studies and Secondary Education; Middlebury College
Wilderness First Responder Certified; Master Educator with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Originally hailing from Vermont, Anna was first introduced to experiential learning by being raised on an organic vegetable farm, where she spent the majority of her childhood in the outdoors. During high school she spent summers hiking locally and in the Yukon. Taking a gap year before attending Middlebury College, Anna was a student on Dragons’ inaugural Mekong Semester course. 
Anna has spent a lot of her twenties working with youth in various capacities. In college, Anna was a guide for the Mountain Club, a coordinator and mentor for the local Big Brother/Big Sisters mentoring program, and student taught at public and charter schools in Vermont and Rhode Island. She solo traveled through much of German-speaking Europe on bike, foot, and rail, and studied World War Two and the role of women and children during the Holocaust.
After graduation Anna began leading backpacking courses along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and eventually made her way out to Colorado where she began working as an administrator for Dragons and led a custom course in India. During this time she also solo hiked The Long Trail, rafted the Grand Canyon, and became an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). 
Anna’s primary passion is in working in the backcountry and abroad with adolescents and adults alike. When not in the field, her home base is in Boulder, CO. She continues to get to know the area by working at an independent bookstore, leading night hikes, bottling chai, and remaining involved at the Dragons office. Things that currently excite her are volunteering with Boulder County Public Health, learning how to knit better, going to hot springs, making sauerkraut, and reading as many books as she can in one month.  
She believes in the power of conversation, sleeping on the ground, listening to the wind, and learning from others.