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Howard and Noelle Carbone have shared the wonders of Denali with Alaska's visitors since 1993. Noelle has a degree in education and worked for over ten years as a naturalist interpreter and backcountry ranger in Denali National Park. Howard holds a Master's Degree in biology, worked as a naturalist and educator in Denali for twelve years, and has climbed to Denali's 20,310-foot summit. They are year-round residents of Talkeetna
Enjoying the short northern summers of Alaska as a second home to Northern Virginia, Toni returns to Alaska Nature Guides in 2017 as a seven-time repeat guide. Like many who spend their summers in Alaska, Toni has an immense appreciation for the wilderness and everything that it has to offer and this passion translates into her guiding. When asked what her favorite thing about the 49th state is, Toni replied that she can't pick just one because there are so many beautiful and truly fascinating things to learn about and enjoy. That being said, one of her favorite memories from the land of the midnight sun is the time she was loudly sniffed by a grizzly bear along the Savage River in Denali National Park.
Spending her winters as a freelance graphic designer, Toni's summers in Alaska offer her a chance to share with others the things about the state that she loves and ignite in each visitor their own unique passion for Alaska. Having guided in both the Denali National and State Parks, Toni's knowledge of Alaska as well as her love for the state give her a natural gift for encouraging excitement.
Dan's father was the local Scout Master when he was young and because of this he learned an appreciation for nature from an early age. Dan became an Eagle Scout and continued his love for the outdoors into his adulthood. He is an avid backpacker, trail runner and nordic skier. After more than two decades working with people with disabilities, he moved to Alaska with his wife so they could explore their dream of living more simply and closer to nature in a remote setting. Dan has a passion for learning to understand nature and how we all can live in harmony with it. This is his fifth year guiding hikes for Alaska Nature Guides. He is currently a stay at home dad for his 7 year old son and works with people in the area with special-needs on a part time basis. Dan is active member of the Talkeetna community. He sits on the Mat-Su Borough Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory board, the Talkeetna Elementary PTA board and he produces a local radio show for KTNA radio called 'Get Outside and Play'. He is a strong advocate healthy, outdoor non-motorized recreation in the South Denali Area.
Larry's adventurous lifestyle was born from an active childhood in rural Michigan where he enjoyed sports and thrived on outdoor activities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration and Health Education from Central Michigan University, and then was hired as a program director where he developed a wilderness program for at-risk boys. Larry's love for the outdoors was further kindled by the two National Outdoor Leadership School courses he completed in winter mountaineering, and a winter ascent of the Grand Teton. Larry came to Alaska in 1975, working for the Chugach National Forest as trail ranger and YCC youth coordinator. He has lived in Talkeetna since 1977, where he taught and coached in our local high school.
A few of Larry's favorite adventures include kayaking the Noatak River, a climb on Denali, skiing and climbing in the Ruth Glacier, photographing brown bear at McNeil river and exploring on skis, mountain bike or hiking boots, most of south centrals mountains, trails, and waterways. Larry's passions include birding, building fly rods, and fishing local rivers and lakes. As a long time Alaskan, Larry thoroughly enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge of this land he loves, and conveying his enthusiasm and energy to our visitors.
Shawn was born and raised in a small industrial town in Indiana. His love and curiosity for people, culture, and history eventually led him to the University of Southern Indiana; where he earned a degree in History and Anthropology. During his time in college, he fell in love with traveling while exploring and tracing his families' genealogy in Ireland. His experiences overseas led him to the many lakes, rivers, and streams of Northern Ontario, where he spent two summers guiding backcountry canoe trips for southwest the Boy Scouts of America.
In 2015 Shawn moved to Southeast Alaska to work as a Bicycle Tour Guide in Skagway, where he quickly fell in love with Alaska. This will be Shawn's second summer working with ANG and is thrilled to explore and experience everything that the Interior and Southcentral Alaska have to offer. Shawn is very personable, outgoing, and prides himself on being an educator. He loves to make people laugh, and help them connect with the natural environment. He couldn't be more excited to be part of the staff and share his love and knowledge of Alaska with you!
Annie was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska. After completing a bachelor's degree in Japanese from the University of Hawaii she joined the Peace Corps. She taught health education at a small village for two years in Kyrgyzstan and then worked for another 6 months to work with At-Risk Youth in the Philippines. Annie eventually returned home to Alaska and fell back in love with the Alaskan outdoors and mountains. She spends every spare moment in the Chugach Mountains surrounding Anchorage. Annie enjoys camping, fishing, playing soccer and trail running. Before working asa Speech and Language Teaching Assistant in Anchorage, she worked withstudents with severe behavioral and special needs. Annie is currently pursing graduate school for occupational therapy and she is thrilled to spend her second summer with Alaska Nature Guides sharing her love and knowledge of Alaska with visitors.
Growing up in a small town in Montana, Sophie has always had an infinite love for the outdoors. After graduating from high school she traveled to New Zealand to work as an Au Pair and returned to Montana a year later to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. After spending her summers canoeing in Northern Ontario she went in search of something new. She found herself in Talkeetna working as a nanny and was fortunate enough to apply her passion for the outdoors and education with the Alaska Nature Guides. Sophie returned to Montana for a semester in the field focusing on Watershed Dynamics, Sustainability and Agriculture, Forest and Communities, and Biogeography. Her love for education has allowed her to work with small local farms as well as natural history programs throughout the schools in her local community. With a specific passion for place-based education Sophie finds herself spending her free-time backpacking, running, rock climbing and journaling wherever her next adventure leads her.
Born on a homestead in remote central Alaska, Leah developed a deep passion and respect for nature early in life. In this remote wilderness 16 miles by river from the nearest village, her family learned to survive primarily off the land. Through her unique childhood experience, she has gained an intimate knowledge of Alaska's wilderness and a fascination for studying it. She has also had the privilege of learning first hand from Alaska Natives about their culture and way of survival from the land.
Leah has a special place in her heart for the Native Peoples of Alaska, and is working on her Education degree with the goal of teaching in the villages of Alaska. She pursued her education and taught preschool in CA for a few years. Homesick for AK, she returned in 2015 and guiding and cooking at a remote wilderness lodge in Sleetmute, AK. This will be Leah's second summer working for ANG.
Always eager to learn and explore, Leah enjoys long treks into the wilderness, photographing wildlife, skiing, building igloos, kayaking, and mountain biking. Some of her other favorite pastimes are gardening, painting, and making Alaskan art. Leah enjoys meeting new people looks forward to enriching visitors' experience this summer with her unique knowledge of Alaska.
Catherine grew up in Cincinnati, OH, and grew to love the outdoors while hiking, canoeing, climbing, and horseback riding at summer camp. She has worked as a horseback guide and horse-drawn sleigh driver in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, a farmhand in south Spain, and a kayaking guide in the Florida Keys. She has also worked as a crew member on tall ships and is sailing from Key West, FL to Havana, Cuba in 2017. She moved to Southeast Alaska in 2016 to work as a hiking and river rafting guide in Skagway, and she quickly decided to make Alaska a long-term home. After exploring Denali National Park on a backpacking trip, she could not wait to return to Southcentral Alaska as a guide to introduce others to its beauty and wildness.
Catherine is an enthusiastic guide who loves introducing people to new experiences and easing them out of their comfort zones. She is passionate about educating others about the local ecosystem and the importance of protecting our natural environment. When not working, Catherine can usually be found training for a triathlon, boxing, or trying to get to the summit of a mountain. She could not be more excited to be a guide with ANG this season!