Luke O’Brien is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Mountain Recreation Management department. A native of the Northeast Kingdom and 1997 graduate of Bates College (B.A. Geology), Luke is a naturalist, educator and outdoorsman with nearly twenty years of experience in trails and recreation management in the Northeast. He is certified in Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue and Chainsaw Safety, and has extensive experience leading canoe and backpacking trips in northern New England. At NorthWoods Stewardship Center he serves as the Director of Development and Trails Coordinator and facilitates the NorthWoods Conservation Corps where he specializes in trail design, construction and maintenance. He is the author of two books, the Northeast Kingdom Mountain Trail Guide (2010) and the Clyde River Paddling and Fishing Guide (2007 & 2008), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Green Mountain Club, Cohos Trail Association, and Vermont Trails and Greenways Council. He lives in Newark with his wife and daughter.