Derek Warner

Major: Recreation and Outdoor Education

Emphasis: Environmental Education

Minor: Environmental Sustainability

Hometown: Windsor, Colorado

I came to Western for a few different reasons, one being that I had been born and raised in Colorado and after High School I didn’t really want to leave the state but I also didn’t want to be near my hometown. Western seemed like a perfect fit for me to pursue my love of outdoors as well as get an education where I can get a career working outdoors while still living in Colorado.  Living in Gunnison has opened the door for me to grow in many of my outdoor passions and taught me knew activities I had never done.  Some interests I have include backpacking, snowboarding, split boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, live music and mountain biking. In the future I would like to travel and continue growing and learning new activities as well as helping others find new passions and appreciation for the outdoors and the environment.   I love working and exploring with people and plan on continuing my adventures after I leave Western.