Mike Zawaski

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

Mike Zawaski

Mike has been teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since 2000. As a scientist and science educator, he looks at the world in a different way than most people. This perspective helps him teach the critical thinking and scientific aspects of a NOLS Wilderness Medicine course in a way that helps prepare students for doing good wilderness medicine. Mike also teaches geology, meteorology, and astronomy at a community college; runs a non-profit that offers science education to the public and professional development for science teachers: www.ObservantNaturalist.org; and is excited to have just finished a book for The Mountaineers Outdoor Expert Series entitled Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Crossing Over Snow. Mike has been instructing for the Colorado Outward Bound School since 1995; this work has taken him up glaciated mountains, guiding multi-pitch rock climbs, rafting rivers, backpacking through canyons, and kayaking the ocean. HIs synthesis of science and education occurs in the outdoors by helping outdoor educators and enthusiasts understand and enjoy the science of the world they see around them.