Owner & Guide
Jim has always been inspired by the great outdoors, what began as play in wooded lots in his southern Virginia neighborhood, eventually lead him to the University of Virginia where he studied environmental science, policy and planning. Within 24 hours of the graduation ceremonies, Jim was employed as a Conservation Coordinator with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club where he worked to answer questions revolving around toxic air quality in his hometown of Hopewell, VA. After spending 2 years with the Sierra Club, Jim caught the travel bug and spent a year traveling and working in Australia. An avid surfer, Jim's departure from Australia eventually lead him to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Working as a professional kayak guide, and surfing every chance he got, Jim lucked into meeting what was to become his wife 3 years later. A wonderful woman, she's been with him through multiple jobs, including 3 years as an Environmental Educator with the NC Aquariums at Jennette's Pier, a Rental Manager at Kitty Hawk Kites and now an Operator with the Dare County Water Department. When Jim isn't working, you might find him patrolling the sound waters with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, birding, surfing, sleeping on the beach or enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in between one of those activities.
Brian grew up exploring the hiking trails of Northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating college, Brian spent a few years in the education field, including running STEM based summer camps, before starting his dream career as a Park Ranger. Whether exploring how a steam locomotive operates at a park in Pennsylvania, to discussing lighthouses and ocean wildlife at his current park here on the Outer Banks, Brian loves introducing visitors to some of America’s treasures. An avid historian and outdoorsman, when Brian isn’t at work, you will probably find him exploring historic sites throughout the region, hiking along the sound with his wife Chelsie or hanging out on the beach eating his favorite Duck Donut.
Bekah grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia hiking, camping, and kayaking in the beautiful outdoors of the surrounding mountains. She studied environmental sciences at UVA and during the summers was able to do ecological fieldwork in the marshes of the Easter Shore where she fell in love with the coastal environment. After graduating in 2018, she worked for a summer with NFWF and then took off traveling for a bit to New Zealand. She moved down to the Outer Banks in May to work at the Nags Head Woods Preserve with the Nature Conservancy, so feel free to ask her all about it. When she isn't working, you might find her hiking along the sound, hanging out in a hammock, or relaxing at the beach likely either strolling and spying on shorebirds or reading a book.