Born and raised on a lake in the Northwoods of Minnesota with a pack of burly sled dogs, Bria Schurke spent her childhood exploring the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in her backyard. Bria loves working Alaska mountaineering and Wyoming climbing courses. Bria is known at NOLS for teaching handstand and acro yoga courses in the field, getting stuck in a student's backpack during a failed birthday surprise, and playing music with students. She enjoys the camaraderie and deeper connection with her students and peers that a NOLS course brings. When not in the field, Bria also works as a public health practitioner supporting mother's nutrition initiatives in various parts of the world. She also loves high lining and nordic skiing.