Educator, writer, ski guide, athlete, photographer
A life-long learner, Brennan has been intimately engaged in transformational-experiential education for over two decades. Brennan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. He holds a Doctorate in Sustainability Education, and is the owner/operator of Informed Experiences, Inc. 501(c)(3). Brennan is also a published writer and photographer, ski guide, and sponsored mountain athlete that has curated, as well as led numerous expeditions around the world. Brennan acknowledges that he lives, skis, and works on the current and traditional territories of the Washoe Tribe. He is an active partner, supporting the ongoing work of WZGT, and the Washoe Youth Outdoor Expedition Program.
Brennan has been skiing since the age of 2. Sharing his love and respect for the mountains, while climbing up, then skiing down, is a life-long passion and pursuit Brennan hopes to share with you.
A holistic, creative thinker, Brennan continues to focus on the dynamic platform inspirational educational opportunities provide. Believing in the many teachable moments of any given day, he understands that a memorable experience can change a life for the better, forever. Through Informed Experiences, Brennan believes participants will receive an unforgettable experience, one that will help support them on a path of individual enlightenment, and community-oriented global stewardship.
State of the Backcountry
Education / Certifications
- B.A. Colgate University, N.Y.
- M.A. and Two Graduate Credentials, Humboldt State University, CA
- Ph.D. Sustainability Education, Prescott College, AZ
- AIARE Level I and II Avalanche Certifications
- CPR Certified
- Wilderness First Responder 2009; Recert 2012, 2015, 2018
- Advanced Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel, Rope Works Training; 2012, 2014, 2015
- Leave No Trace Certified
Education Past: Sustainability Program Chair, Assistant Professor, Sierra Nevada University
Education Present: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe
Freelance Writer/Photographer: Skiing, Travel, Action Sports, Music, Activism, Sustainability
Biocultural Innovator: Regenerate Media
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Field Work:
Arctic Village cross-cultural field courses- 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
Kaktovik field work-2017 ski expedition support, 2018 river/ski expedition, 2019 3D IMAX Film
Washington D.C. lobbying with Sierra Club and Alaska Wilderness League May, 2018, and with Protect Our Winters May, 2019
Numerous slideshows, activist workshops, and action events
Fairbanks Conversational Storytelling/Narrative Inquiry and Action Workshop-2021
Imago Initiative participant, Wilderness Society, 2022
Peters Lake Expedition, 2023
Conferences: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (2015; 2016); 11th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2015); California Avalanche Workshop (2014); South Lake Tahoe Sustainability Symposium (2009), North Coast Regional Conference and Education Summit (2005; 2007), Wild and Scenic Film Festival (2004)
Slideshows: Chugach, AK (2011 The Backcountry, 2012 Alpenglow Sports); Svalbard (2013, Alpenglow Sports); Greenland (2014, Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema); Kullu Valley, Gulmarg Kashmir, Indian Himalaya (2015, Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema); Iceland (2016, Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema); Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (2017, 2018, 2019 Alpenglow Sports; 2018, 2019 Mammoth Lakes Adventure Series); Indian Himalaya (2017, Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema); Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (2020, Patagonia-Reno, Friends of the Inyo, Bishop, CA; Tahoe Arts Haus, 2023)
Musicologist Barrett Martin Unveils ‘Songs & Stories of the Arctic Village Gwich’in: A Message to the World’