"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."
~ Rachel Carson
The magic of a great outdoor education program does not come from the place or the curriculum but from the people that make everything happen. The ACOS staff teach, mentor and support students during their camping experience, allowing them to create life long connections with the natural world and their peers.
Outdoor Education instructors
Kelly Wood – Executive Director
Kelly draws on 15 years of experience at Chapel Rock to work with staff and guests to create outstanding educational and retreat experiences. Kelly graduated from Prescott College with a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Program Administration, started working on the ropes course and has never looked back. In his current role he manages staff, supervises summer camp, helps with ACOS, and ensures every guest has a great experience. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Favorite Quote: "We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e.e. cummings
Sarah Vincent - Program Coordinator
Sarah is an east coast transplant, who grew up with an appreciation for the out of doors, a natural affinity for science, and the support of amazing communities. With a B.S. in Earth Science from George Mason University, six years of teaching and facilitating in the field of outdoor education, and over 300 nights spent out under the stars of the Southwest; Sarah is excited to share her enthusiasm with visitors. Whether it is working with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School, facilitating on the ropes course, or just saying hello in the dining hall, Sarah enjoys seeing and fostering the connections made at Chapel Rock. Connections made with the outdoors, each other, and within us. Sarah likes bluebirds, dragonflies, ice cream, campfires and spending time with loved ones.
Mac - Challenge Course Manager
Mac grew up going to summer camps and playing in the desert of Arizona, where he learned an appreciation for the environment and everything it has to offer. He moved to Prescott, Arizona to earn a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Business Administration, and a Pilot’s License from a Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Throughout college he spent time volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Mountain Club, and Prescott Climbers Coalition. As a new member to the ACOS staff, he brings enthusiasm and technical knowledge to teaching science to today’s youth. On his free time away from Chapel Rock Mac loves to travel, mountain bike, and climb in the local mountains that the Prescott area has to offer.
Lindsa - ACOS Staff
Lindsay has worked with adolescents and young adults in a number of different roles from wilderness therapy guide to leadership program director. She enjoys getting to be a part of programs that get people outside and interested in learning about themselves and the world around them. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling with a concentration in Adventure Based Psychotherapy through Prescott College and hopes to become a therapist at a wilderness therapy program when she graduates. When she isn't working, Lindsay spends her time geeking out about plant and animal facts and rock climbing.
Justin Corbell - ACOS Staff
Justin Corbell is a natural-born native to the Prescott Area as well as an Outdoor Educator for the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Ready to begin a new chapter in his life, Justin joins the Chapel Rock team with a high level of enthusiasm, commitment, and of course a passion for the outdoors! "Honestly, there is just something unique about the outdoors that makes me wander endlessly and explore further" he says, "everything is interconnected in some way or form, so recognizing this can open you up to a fresh perspective on the world." Prior to becoming an ACOS leader, Justin worked at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, where his "fire for helping others was lit." Faith, food, fishing, and friendship are what's most important in Justin's life.
Favorite Quote: "The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali"
Jono – ACOS Staff
Jono has been working to help others for well over a decade. He has spent time working with at-risk youth at an outdoor camp, he has worked with persons of all ages experiencing disabilities, and has also worked as a teacher's assistant in a college setting. Jono grew up on a farm and has worked on various types of farms throughout his lifetime. Jono greatly enjoys spending time outdoors, especially when on a bicycle. Other interests include about anything involving water and cooking.
Jonathan – ACOS Staff
Jonathan is native to Arizona and has developed an appreciation for the dessert, wilderness, & the monsoon weather phenomenon with all the amazing sights this diverse landscaping has to offer. He hopes to broaden the youth’s horizon’s in wilderness exploration & discovery on how we thrive & grow within our ecosystem while at Chapel Rock. Jonathan has soared the skies in a Cessna – 182 on numerous occasions, attributed from graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS degree in Aeronautics & a few minors to accompany the industry of ADOT-Transportation. He has worked with the USDA Forrest Service for 5 years, doing his part to help combat forest fires. Jonathan has recently joined the ACOS team at Chapel Rock but has worked with young adults and teenagers as a mentor, tutor, & academic adviser over the last 6 years. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys various competitive sports, deep sea fishing, bombing hills on his snowboard and long-board, and exploring the Arizona landscaping near the Grand Canyon to various lakes’ and waterholes in Maricopa & Yavapai County.
Carlos – ACOS Staff
Carlos recently graduated from Universidad Latina in Costa Rica with a business degree. He is really excited to work at the outdoors camp after spending his past 4 summers working at a summer camp in northern Wisconsin. Originally from Wisconsin, Carlos grew up in Costa Rica where he had various outdoor experiences, including leading different hikes and overnight trips. In his spare time Carlos likes to play just about any sport but mainly soccer. He also loves to play guitar and relax.
Andrew – ACOS Staff
Andrew hails from the land of Wisconsin, but has been happy to call Prescott his home off and on for a nice chunk of his life. He has spent the last couple of years working in Utah serving as a wilderness therapy field staff, where he mastered the art of bow drilling, hand crafted oodles of spoons, and most important, built meaningful relationships with others and the desert. He is excited to share his love of the outdoors and experience working with others, with the Aspen Creek Outdoor School. Andrew enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and soccer.