After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 with a BA in Journalism and Environmental Studies, Matt moved to the mountains and worked for three years as a ranger, naturalist and trails coordinator for the South Carolina State Park Service in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Matt also taught science for five years in public schools throughout western North Carolina for grades 8-10. Most recently he has dedicated a year of service through AmeriCorps Project Conserve with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. He is an avid long-distance runner and hiker. Matt enjoys sharing his love for the southern Appalachians with people of all ages.