Adventure travel guides from around Nepal came together in Kathmandu for the inaugural AdventureEDU Guide Training held June 13 – 20, 2016. With over eighty applicants, the twenty-two pre-selected guides,...
Posts by: Hilary Lewkowitz
AdventureEDU Program Manager
Hilary Lewkowitz joined the ATTA with a long and varied history in the fields of: sustainable tourism, conservation, education, and travel. During the first chapter of her career she worked on endangered species restoration and research projects for the California Department of Fish & Game and the National Park Service. She then became interested in conservation education and lead trips for the California Wilderness Coalition and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. After gaining years of experience in backcountry travel and education, she combined these skills to guide and instruct courses for organizations like the National Outdoor Leadership School and Wilderness Ventures. After returning from a revolutionary trip in Indonesia in 2009, she began pursuing a career in sustainable tourism, which truly is the convergence of her past work. Most recently, Hilary managed membership and outreach for The International Ecotourism Society. Currently she is a Member Advocate for the ATTA, while also managing membership and communications for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
Hilary completed her MS degree in Sustainable Tourism Management at the University of Utah. During her time at the University of Utah, she was involved in several sustainable tourism research projects in the US and abroad. She successfully completed a yearlong research project with a conservancy in Kenya, Africa, designed to guide management decisions for their travelers’ philanthropy program. Hilary also holds a BS in Environmental Science: Water Quality from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Growing up in the foothills of the North Cascades in Washington State, Hilary has a deep appreciation of the West and simultaneously a passion for international travel. Her spark for exploration ignited when working at a small family-owned cabin resort in the mountains of Northern California. Since then, some of her travels have included a high altitude expedition in the Himalayas, surfing the Pacific Coast from California to Costa Rica, gorging on mangos in Southern India, exploring the rich history of Eastern Europe, diving in Indonesia, and sipping on sundowners in Kenya. She is also an avid rock and ice climber that has extensively explored the mountains and deserts of the Western U.S. Hilary currently resides in Colorado where she loves spending time with her husband, Micah, and Alaskan Malamute, Ixta.