Youth Program Manager
Sovatha (he/him) brings decades of experience working with nonprofits and inspiring youth to engage in the outdoors through environmental education.
An outdoor education professional and experiential educator, Sovatha has led and developed numerous mentorship and outdoor leadership programs for youth across the Twin Cities Metro at Wilder, Voyageur Outward Bound School, YMCA Camp St. Croix and as the former Outdoor Education Manager at Tamarack Nature Center. He also founded an outdoor leadership program that supports youth in wilderness training with an intensive 11-day confidence-building outdoor experience.
Sovatha focuses on our youth education programs, developing new curricula and building partnerships with K-12 classrooms. He plans to grow opportunities for the Environmental Stewardship Institute (ESI) to develop their wilderness skills and activate community projects for the river. He also supports FMR interns and assistants across the organization.
Outside work, he is a Bushcraft survival skills practitioner and a phenomenal cook. He is also an avid sports fan (a lifelong fan of Manchester United) and has coached soccer and track programs. Sovatha likes woodworking and gardening and is creating a YouTube wilderness trip planning channel tailored toward organizations that serve inner-city youth.
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