Feb. 3, 2015: Christine Mackay, Executive Director: Crooked Trails Travel

by Gary Fast on February 3, 2015

Chris_MackayChristine Mackay has been working in environmental education, outdoor recreation, community development, and ecotourism since 1980. She holds an M.A. in natural science education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in geography with a minor in biology from the University of Washington.  Her love of international travel and the natural world, together with her concern about the negative impacts of tourism on culture and the environment, led her to co-found Crooked Trails in 1998. Crooked Trails is a non-profit, educational travel program with the aims of providing cultural exchange and education, supporting indigenous cultures and communities, and growing ethical and sustainable travel. Crooked Trails works with local hosts and guides on an invitational basis, and travelers participate in community developed projects. The result is a mutual trusting relationship and continued community-building.

Chris acts as a consultant to a wide range of organizations on issues such as community-based tourism, nature education, international study abroad and community service, and wilderness education. Organizations she has worked with include Tillicum Village, Concordia College, the Shoshone/Arapaho and Makah tribes, North Andaman Tsunami Relief, Western Washington University, and Lakeside High School.

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