Field Instructor - WFR
To Alex Friedman’s thinking, the goal of becoming a well-rounded individual requires some time spent outdoors, and in this case, he’s not talking about the backyard. Alex says his passion for the woods makes him the perfect candidate to teach young people about wilderness, how to be responsible, and the importance of surrounding themselves with nature.
That makes him a valuable asset to our programs here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education. Since joining us in the summer of 2010, Alex has primarily been responsible for the safety of the students participating in the outings he guides. What he enjoys most is finding out what their stories are – where they’ve been and what they’ve done. And he wants to know what they want to do in the future.
A certified wilderness first responder (WFR) since 2006, Alex is a graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where he studied biology, sociology, hydrology and adventure education. He also attended Lincoln Technical Institute, where he majored in diesel technology; and Asheville Buncombe Technical College, where he majored in psychology and sociology.
Much of Alex’s curiosity about others comes from his previous jobs in the outdoor adventure field – occupations that began in 2007 when he served on the wilderness field staff at SUWS of the Carolinas, Stone Mountain School, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions in Utah, and the North Carolina Autism Society.
Alex was born in La Jolla, California, moving with his family to Asheville, N.C. when he was 12. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, riding motorcycles, making wooden spoons, reading, finding beautiful swimming holes and riding his bike around town.
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Lincoln Technical Institute
Asheville Buncombe Technical College
- Wilderness First Responder (WFR)