Bethany was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and attended Texas Lutheran University where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. After college she spent two and a half years teaching at an Outdoor Education Center (OEC) for the Houston Independent School District. After working at the OEC Bethany took time off to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Bethany’s love for the outdoors lead her to jobs building hiking trails, working on an organic farm, and leading high school conservation crews with the Student Conservation Association. Eventually, Bethany returned to school at Texas State University where she received her Master’s in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Bethany is now a Recreation Therapist and helps clients with disabilities by taking them into the community to work on physical, social, emotional, and cognitive well being. Bethany is excited to join Explore Austin and share her love of the outdoors with others.