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INSPIRING YOUTH THROUGH WILDERNESS IMMERSION

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INSPIRING YOUTH THROUGH WILDERNESS IMMERSION

The mission of Greenstone Adventures is to inspire youth through wilderness immersion. We want to share our passion for the outdoors and our country's most beautiful, wild places with as many youth as possible. We believe that through direct exposure to tangible, real-life challenges and navigable risk we can teach and inspire the next generation to think critically, problem solve, communicate cooperatively within a team, and be more confident and independent. These benefits combine to give our youth a deeper understanding and appreciation for our natural world, ultimately creating a more environmentally responsible society.

 

GUIDES

George Mackaronis 

George is the founder and co-owner of Greenstone Adventures, as well as a lead guide. He is from Mclean, Virginia where he grew up camping and exploring Great Falls Park and Catoctin Mountain Park with his family. He has been an avid backpacker and climber for over 10 years, and he has taught those skills in various guide and teaching positions since 2011.

George moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2012. George worked at Free Union Country School from 2012-2018, where he taught Physical and Environmental Education and served as the school’s Admissions Director. He also developed Free Union’s Naturalist curriculum and led nature and sports camps in the summer. Currently, George is the Assistant Director of Advancement and Special Programs and teaches 11th grade English at The Blue Ridge School in St. George, Virginia. He also coaches Winter Outdoor Programs and Lacrosse at Blue Ridge. He received a BA in psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and has held a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification since 2012. In his spare time, George can be found running with his dogs Jojo and Ziti or playing basketball with friends.