Lead Naturalist Hiking Guide
Yosemite Adventure Hikes
Gena Wood | Yosemite Adventure Guide
Born in Southern California but raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Gena was quick to return west at the age of 18. After discovering the boulder-strewn desert of Joshua Tree, she was drawn into rock climbing and a life spent outdoors. In pursuing her passion to introduce others to the natural world, Gena received a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental education from Humboldt State University. Gena has
worked as a botanist, naturalist, outdoor educator, and park ranger. Along with loving the work she does, she also has been able to work in incredible places: Yosemite, Northern California, Southwest Montana, and above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. With the diversity of ecosystems, endless trails, and enchanting peaks, the Sierra Nevada continues to be Gena’s muse. Rock climbing, backpacking, skiing,
identifying wildflowers, mushroom hunting, and bird watching are a few of her favorite ways of discovering the Sierra’s intricacies.
“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger
here.” –Alan Watts
Working as a naturalist guide, Gena seeks to make everyone feel a little bit more at home and a part of the natural world. Through intimate experiences, whether it’s watching a black bear forage, becoming acquainted with a flower, or making it to the top of Half Dome, she believes we can reconnect with our wild selves. What exactly does it mean to reconnect with our wild selves? Gena thinks it’s all about
slowing down, reexamining what’s important and opening our eyes, ears, and hearts to the small wonders of the world.