Hometown: Thetford, Vermont
College: University of Puget Sound
Jonas Cole leads outdoor experiential education trips for schools and organizations from California to New England and abroad.
A native of Thetford, Vermont, Jonas graduated in 2013 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he majored in science, technology and society and minored in environmental policy. Before enrolling at Puget Sound, Jonas completed a gap year, which included a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School in New Zealand and three months of conservation work in Argentina and Ecuador. While in college, he balanced his time between playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee, leading trips for Puget Sound Outdoors and the new student orientation program, and giving campus tours to prospective students and their families through the Campus Visit Program. Jonas worked as a volunteer backcountry ranger in Olympic National Park during the summer of 2012 and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Since graduation, he has adopted a seasonal approach to life, working as an outdoor educator around the US and exploring other parts of the globe when winter returns.
Jonas is thrilled to be returning to Overland for his fifth summer. In 2013, he led Rocky Mountain Explorer; in 2014, he led Alaska Explorer; in 2015, he led Yellowstone Teton Leadership; and in 2016, he led Field Studies Southeast Asia. He writes, “One of my favorite aspects of leading for Overland is experiencing a shared sense of accomplishment when the group overcomes an obstacle. I’ve witnessed that triumphant moment over and over again, from the collaborative creation of an amazing stir-fry to the teamwork needed to rope together and summit the Grand Teton. It’s gratifying and inspiring. I am excited to take on new challenges with amazing Overland students again this summer!”