Rachel Hess grew up in Harrisburg, PA and attended Bloomsburg University where she discovered the outdoors through backpacking and rock climbing. Throughout college, her enthusiasm for all outdoor recreation grew, as well as a desire to protect and advocate for the places she recreates within. During school, she volunteered with the American Alpine Club, a nonprofit geared toward enhancing climbing education, community, and access. A strong interest in social media influence, environmental advocacy, and outdoor recreation led her to graduate with a B.A. degree in Communications and concentration in Leadership and Public Advocacy. After college, she worked as a Watershed Education Fellow, educating and advocating for the Delaware River Watershed. This position, along with River Guiding and Interning for PA State Parks, set her intentions toward increasing awareness, protecting land and water for recreation, and promoting its enjoyment. She is excited to serve with Conserving Carolina as the Communications and Education Associate and hopes to generate more awareness for the organization. You may find Rachel out rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and familiarizing herself with the Southeast, along with an occasional road trip to the Mid-Atlantic where her infatuation with the outdoors began.