Kelsey Dailey

Mekong Instructor

MS Hydrology, Environmental Studies: University of Colorado Boulder

BS Geological Sciences: The Ohio State University

Born and raised in the snowiest place in Ohio, Kelsey grew up mesmerized by the seasonal flow of the natural world. Her early admiration of the environment led to her ceaseless adventuring and wanderlust, along with a zest for all things science. Kelsey has since researched rivers and ecosystems throughout the US, studied abroad in England, worked at two polar and alpine research institutes, volunteered teaching at K-8 STEM events, and twice instructed a backcountry skiing hydrology internship in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. While Kelsey’s intimate study of water on Earth taught her to flow in the present and thrive with change, a yearning to cultivate the human-environment relationship motivated her to further pursue experiential education.

In recent years, she has led outdoor expeditions, service learning trips, and pre-college workshops for young adults that included exploring coral reefs, rainforests, and mangroves in Belize, conducting beach and reef cleanups and working in sugar cane fields in Hawaii, and collaborating with wildlife conservationists in Colorado. Whether in remote mountainous terrain or open ocean, facilitating new immersive experiences for others provides Kelsey a channel to direct both her passion for the natural world and respect for creative living. During her free time, you can find her surrounded by nature and often writing, reading, singing, or engaging in some form of moving meditation – yoga, cycling, volleyball, hiking, or climbing. She also enjoys the little things, thrifting, live music, playing gin rummy and backgammon, and chatting regularly with her 99-year-old grandmother.

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels – that’s creative living.” – Elizabeth Gilbert