Our staff is energetic, professional, patient & knowledgeable.

Our trip leaders come from a wide variety of career paths & college programs; including environmental and outdoor education, natural history, State and National Park services, marine biology and other educational backgrounds. We take great pride in our hiring & interview process to bring exceptional candidates from across the country. All of our staff complete intensive & comprehensive training with our management team prior to the outdoor education season. With student safety being our #1 priority, our trip leaders have CPR and First Aid training and many have Wilderness First Responder and EMT certifications.

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Group Sales Coordinators

Planning your trip with us begins with a Group Sales Coordinator who will work with you to design your adventure day by day, activity by activity. All of our trips are fully customizable and we’ll work with you to meet the goals of your trip.

In the Field Program Coordinators

All multi-day outdoor education trips have Program Coordinators who oversee the program in the field. Think of them as your “Trip Concierge”. Based on the size of your group you’ll have Trail Guides who serve as group leaders. Manning our camp kitchens will be our Commissary Directors. All of our staff has CPR & First Aid certifications; several have Wilderness First Responders advanced training.

Trip Guides & Leaders

Many of our guides are certified interpreters with the National Association of Interpretation and Level III kayak guides with the American Canoe Association. We have guides who specialize in merit badges for Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops. Additionally, we have guides with Lifeguard certifications & Class B Commercial licenses.

For more information about our guides check out, “Our Guide Page

Michael Cohen
(Owner, Director)

Michael founded Santa Barbara Adventure Company in 1998. Michael’s background includes 18 years as a program coordinator and outdoor educator, as well as a river guide and Adventure Travel Outfitter. Before opening the doors of his own business, he worked as a manager for one of California’s largest outdoor education outfitters. Through his years leading many school programs, Michael learned first-hand what it takes to create an unforgettable outdoor education experience.

Christine Kler
(B.S. in Political Science at UCLA, Program Coordinator)

Christine manages our staff on outdoor education and group trips. She has over 6 years of experience working in outdoor education, first at High Trails Outdoor Science School in Big Bear CA, and now here at SB Adventure Co. Christine has also worked as a kayaking and backpacking guide for over a decade and loves to share her passion about the outdoors with students.

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide

Kyle Fischler
(Program Coordinator & Environmental Coordinator)

As Program Coordinator, Kyle manages and oversees guide staff on outdoor education, corporate, and group trips. He has extensive outdoor leadership experience and has earned his B.A. in Communication and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). Kyle has worked with UCSB’s Adventure Programs and has 8+ years as a trained lifeguard with CPR/AED for the professional rescuer. He also has 4+ years of experience as a Water Safety Instructor, is Wilderness First Aid certified, and is a board member with California Student Sustainability Coalition. Kyle also works as our Environmental Coordinator developing and implementing company environmental stewardship efforts.

Sarah Scrivano
(B.S. Biology – California State University Channel Islands, Snorkel/Kayak Guide, Marine Biologist)

Sarah has worked at Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), Camp Sea Lab in Monterey Bay, Naturalist at Large (NAL) and now SB Adventure Co. where she has educated youth of all ages. Her background in Outdoor Education and extensive knowledge of marine biology, make her an ideal guide. Sarah loves teaching kids about the ocean and getting them excited to be outside.

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Lifeguard Certified, California Naturalist Certified

Elise Minichello
(B.S. Environmental Science – Dickinson College, Kayak Guide)

Elise is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) sea kayaking and backpacking course for outdoor educators. She has led camping and backpacking trips for a school focused on outdoor education and was a Marine Science Instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI). Elise also works with local school districts to expose kids to coastal ecosystems through interactive field trips thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy.

Certifications: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Graduate, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), California Naturalist Certified

Aubrie Fowler
(Master’s in Biological Science – California Polytechnic State University, Kayak Guide)

Aubrie’s extensive background in marine biology and resource protection at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) makes her an incredibly knowledgeable guide. One of Aubrie’s favorite aspects of working in outdoor education is learning from youth and getting kids in touch with their natural environment.

Certifications: First Aid, CPR, and Leave No Trace Certified

Dustin Harris
(B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry – UC Santa Barbara, Kayak Guide)

Dustin has previously instructed kayaking and guided outdoor trips with UCSB Adventure Programs, worked as a summer camp director and counselor, and graduated from his high school’s Outdoor Leadership Program. He has also worked as a ropes course facilitator and volunteered in middle school classrooms to teach science.

Certifications: Wilderness EMT, Scuba Diver, Lifeguard and CPR Certified

Hannah Rozendo
(B.S. in Field Biology from Cal Poly SLO, Group Sales Coordinator)

Hannah has over a decade of experience as a naturalist in the region, including experience planning and facilitating diverse outdoor experiences for groups of all kinds. She holds a unique perspective on programming, having designed and managed programs from conception to completion as well as guided in the field for a variety of activities.

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide

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