And while we believe that new experiences can and should be found everywhere and everyday, we believe that the most impactful ones require getting outside of our comfort zones and away from our hometowns. In doing so, we put ourselves in new places and new situations that require us to fully engage in what’s going on around us. These are the environments and individuals that inspire us to live in the moment. This is Moondance.
At Moondance, adventure travel runs deep. Our working hours are often in an office, yet we yearn for dirt under our nails, the utter exhaustion of a summit attempt, or the restful collapse after a day under the sun. Adventure travel is not our product, rather a state of mind and lifestyle that we spawn in those willing to join us. Adventure travel is magic.
As a true adventure travel company, we scour the globe for incredible, transformative experiences. And since working with teenagers is our passion, we feel a great responsibility to help shape the future stewards of our planet. Sustainable travel practices, community service, and leave no trace ethics are common themes throughout the Moondance curriculum and we are proud to pass the torch to the future of conservation minded explorers.
Hayes Hitchens hails from Charlotte, NC. Hayes founded Moondance as a way to share outdoor adventures with young people. Many of his thirty years in organized camping were spent at Camp Deerhorn in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, a camp founded by his grandfather in 1930. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Hayes served The Lovett School in Atlanta for twelve years as the Dean of Students and the Director of Summer Programs. He has participated in outdoor programs with the North Carolina Outward Bound School, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). Hayes looks forward to another summer spent traveling the continental US meeting Moondance students on their many adventures. He lives with his wife, Michael, and their daughter Hunter in Nashville, TN, where he coordinates all of Moondance Adventures.email@example.com
Liza McLain was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and then went to Athens, GA to study English Education at The University of Georgia. Growing up, Liza spent most of her weekends at her family’s mountain cabin in North Georgia, where she fell in love with the outdoors. Liza is a Moondance alum, having been a student on the Pacific Northwest trip in 2008. Liza is also an avid traveler and has been to Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Belize, Croatia, Italy, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, and Costa Rica for outdoor, community service, and study abroad trips. She also has a passion for music, photography, and dogs - specifically her puppy, Pancake! Liza is a wonderful leader in the Moondance HQ office, serving as our Business Consultant.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ash Williamson is a Chicagoland native who graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Communication Studies. Ash fell in love with the outdoors attending summer camp as a child, where she was both a camper and an activity coordinator. Her favorite activities are kayaking or tubing on the river and late night campfires, and she prefers hammock camping over a tent anyday! She also enjoys playing video games with her husband, snuggling with their two cats and their dog, or reading a great book. Ash joins the Moondance HQ Office as our Accountant.
Jackie Faustin graduated cum laude from Furman University, with a degree in both Economics and Communications Studies. During her time at Furman, Jackie was an active part of the campus community, serving as an Admissions Ambassador, the Vice President of the Student Activities Board, and a certified yoga instructor! Additionally, she gave her own Ted Talk on the benefits of social-emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Jackie grew up attending Camp Wayfarer and later worked there as a lead counselor for years. With Moondance, she led on The Olympics trip. Jackie continues her passion for the outdoors and transformative experiences through her work at HQ as the Director of Business Operations + Strategy.
Sandra Davis hails from Greensboro, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy and Social and Economic Justice. After graduation, Sandra led her first Moondance trip to Maui and was hooked. She is no stranger to adventure, having visited 26 countries, and her life long-goal is traveling to all 7 continents - she has only one left. Next adventure on the horizon: Machu Picchu (Spring '22). Sandra has also obtained her Girl Scout of America Gold Award and established an art program at a school that welcomes Syrian and South American refugees. Sandra combines her adventurous spirit and love for Moondance's service philosophy by working as our Director of Staffing.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Zoe Parker is a Midwesterner at heart, even as her family has recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee! Zoe led our Hawaiian Islands trip and has had a passion for Moondance ever since. A graduate of Furman University, Zoe majored in Sustainability Sciences and Sociology, focusing her studies on her passions of helping people and the planet. She continues to bring her skills from her previous work as a Walt Disney World Entertainment Cast Member, Scottish Parliament intern, and United Nations Millennium Fellow to serve the Moondance family as our Director of Admissions.
Mallie Bromberg hails from Birmingham, Alabama and has lived in Nashville since graduating from the University of Alabama in 2017. Mallie views Moondance as an opportunity to become the best version of yourself while providing lifelong friendships and teaching students lessons that they can carry with them through their entire life. She is no stranger to Moondance, having participated on The Grand in 2013 and led Maui in 2017. Mallie offers invaluable customer service experience, having spent years in the sales and HR industries. We are so grateful to have her as our Brand Director and key member of Moondance's Admissions Teammallie@moondanceadventures.com
Hannah Burlingame is from Charlotte, North Carolina and is a recent graduate from The University of Alabama (RTR!) with a degree in Psychology. After spending a couple summers with Moondance as a student, Hannah has always held a special place in her heart for the company. Since spending her most recent summer in Wyoming at A Bar A Ranch as a guest wrangler, she knew she could not stray away from something meaningful and full of adventure. She is so excited to keep helping other students live in the moment with Moondance as our Assistant Director of Admissions.
Edwin Hussey was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Arkansas where he studied Recreation Management. Edwin has had a strong interest in the outdoors from an early age having spent four summers with Moondance as a student. After his time with Moondance, Edwin went on to complete two courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where he solidified his passion for transformative, outdoor experiences. Edwin's fascination with adventure and being outside continued while in college as he spent his summers between semesters working as a river guide on the Snake River in Wyoming. Additionally, Edwin is in the process of obtaining his pilot's license! Clearly, adventure is never far from his horizon. Edwin is stoked to keep creating the Moondance experience for others as the Director of International Operations.
Runa King graduated from Washington and Lee University with a major in Geology and Politics. She spent much of her time in Virginia exploring the outdoors through W&L's Outing Club, participating in various outing club trips and leading groups for the pre-orientation program. She fell in love with the outdoors as a camper at Camp Skyline and later returned as a counselor, serving as the camp's head of circus activity. Through her time as a counselor and through two summer internships with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, Runa discovered her passion for working with teens. This past summer she led Northern Lights and had the absolute time of her life! She continues to add value to Moondance by serving as our Assistant Director of Operations.
Suzanne Hollis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Environmental Science Quantitative Energy Systems and a minor in Physics. During her four years at UNC, Suzanne pursued involvement in many ways including directing an annual science camp for young girls interested in STEM, leading outings for the Carolina Outing Club, and worked as a porter at the Morehead House. Additionally, she worked for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to promote policy change in support of clean energy and clean equity and worked with the Sun Valley Institute to assess the areas food security and the food industry's environmental impact. As a student, Suzanne attended Moondance on our California Discovery, Cataract Canyon, South Africa, and Thailand trips. As a trip leader, she led Yellowstone in 2021 and Kilimanjaro in 2022. Suzanne is thrilled to continue experiencing Moondance, this time in HQ as the Assistant Director of Staffing.email@example.com
Owen Roberts is from Athens, Georgia and recently graduated from Washington and Lee University where he majored in American History. While at W&L, Owen was a four-year member of the varsity football team and was named a Captain for his senior season. Off of the grid and outside the classroom, he took on an array of leadership roles including sitting on the Interfraternity Council and serving as a student volunteer for the Alumni Engagement Office. During his free time, Owen actively enjoyed the Shenandoah Valley and all of the outdoor adventures it had to offer! With Moondance, he led our Maui trip in 2021 and followed that up by leading Kilimanjaro in 2022. Owen now joins HQ as the Assistant Director of Staffing, where he will continue to help create impactful outdoor firstname.lastname@example.org
Meme Everette is from Birmingham, AL, and is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South where she studied psychology and humanities. At Sewanee, Meme worked with the Sewanee Outing Program, leading various adventure trips through Sewanee's 13,000 acres. She also worked as a pre-orientation program leader, recruitment chair for her sorority, curator in the William Ralston Listening Library, and research assistant. After traveling solo for her first time in 2016, she has visited every country in Europe and is excited to explore other continents. Combining her love of the outdoors, travel, and sharing new experiences with others, Meme is pumped to join Moondance HQ as the Assistant Director of Admissions.email@example.com
Born and raised in Dothan, AL, Katelyn Vinson is a proud Alabamian, but she recently relocated to Nashville to re-join the Moondance Family. After doing her first trip at the age of 12, she fell in love with the Moondance experience and spent a total of five summers traveling with us on our California Discovery, Mountains to Sea, Belize + Costa Rica, Spain + Morocco, and Fiji trips. Katelyn has the honor of being Miss Alabama USA since January 2022, and will be finishing her Bachelor's in Business Administration through Auburn University Online as she continues to serve both her home state and Moondance. She attributes her growth and service mindset to the lessons she was able to learn as a Moondance student, and is overjoyed to assist our students and their families as our Assistant Director of Admissions.firstname.lastname@example.org
First times stay with you forever, and our Discovery trips will give you an unforgettable introduction to outdoor adventure. For those with an appetite for the wild, or those who have never slept beneath the stars, these multi-sport adventures will introduce you to a lifetime of exploration.
From the golden coast, to the purple mountains majesty, expand your homeland on one of our Classic Trips. These expeditions are designed to show you vast beauty and adventure. Multi-sport trips take you climbing, rafting, backpacking, paddling and discovering the most stunning wildernesses in the land of the free.
Leadership trips are crafted to hone your expedition skills in the most rugged, challenging and beautiful terrain we offer. One part wilderness immersion, one part leadership curriculum, these adventures are designed for those looking to increase their skills in the wild and in the world. Bring out your most confident and competent self on one of our Leadership trips.
Some of the wildest and most wondrous destinations can open your eyes to the greatness of giving back. Our Service trips are designed to take you off the beaten path with a purpose. Immerse yourself in a deeper version of adventure travel, by making a positive impact on the communities and environments you visit.
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There are limited spaces available for the upcoming season. Limited means that we are full for a gender, hometown, or school on the trip date. Please call or email the Moondance office for more information about availability of the trip. If the trip is full for one of the limitations, we can place your child on a waitlist.
This trip is currently full and we are accepting students on a waitlist. You may complete an online application to be added to a waitlist. You may be enrolled in a trip and on another trip’s waitlist.Enroll