Avery.jpg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Avery McGaha

Program Director

Avery has always been fascinated with the natural world. When he wasn’t performing plays at Flat Rock Playhouse or performing poorly in various sports, Avery spent his childhood hiking and exploring the mountains around Brevard, North Carolina. He found Green River Preserve in high school, and he worked for two summers as a counselor-in-training — washing dishes, learning the names of plants, and playing with campers in the rain. Those two summers cemented a passion for understanding the natural world and for sharing it with others.

His experience at GRP fueled his next step at Elon University, where he studied climate change and communication as a research fellow in environmental studies. During the summers, however, Avery was always drawn back home to the mountains. He spent the next three summers working at camp — two at GRP as a Counselor and one at High Rocks on maintenance staff — and he was hooked. After college, he spent another summer as a Counselor and two more as a Program Intern, learning how to build schedules, manage staff, and escalate silliness to new heights.

Most recently, Avery has returned to us from graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received a master’s degree in environmental journalism focusing on desert wetlands, climate change, and science policy. Avery loves to learn about ants, play guitar and read science fiction. (After several minutes of tuning, he’s also a novice — yet highly enthusiastic — mandolin player.) Committed to sharing the magic of the natural world with people of all ages, Avery moonlights as a freelance environmental writer for publications such as Boulder Weekly, Ensia, Discover Online, High Country News, and Camping Magazine, the magazine of the American Camping Association.