Steve Munsell

Wilderness Management Associate

Steven has an interesting and well rounded professional background in the outdoors. He recently retired as a full time faculty member in the Adventure Education program at Prescott College after 30 years of teaching.  When not engaged with students in the wilderness classroom of the Southwest, Steve spent summers on the summit of the Greenland ice sheet as a science technician assisting researchers in atmosphere, snow, and climate studies.  Much earlier in his career he assisted in studies of freezing avoidance of cold water fishes in Antarctica.  He split his time as a field assistant to the science community and teaching in the Adventure Education program at the college.

His favorite activities are being outside in nature and river journeys through the Grand Canyon.  In his spare time he collects Navajo weavings and shares investment opportunities in the art form with committed clients.   His wide ranging interests have taken him to some of the remote corners of the globe and he enjoys sharing experiences and lessons from his many humbling experiences in the wilds.  At Prescott College this took the form of a course in Risk Management and decision making. 

His connection to wilderness has been lifelong and he integrated policy and perspective towards Wilderness lands in America in a course called Wilderness and Civilization. He has advocated for studies that would allow nesting Peregrine Falcons to share habitat with rock climbers on the cliff of Granite Mountain Wilderness in the local Prescott National Forest.   His work with Wild Arizona is a special project on Wilderness Character Narratives of the Wilderness areas in the Tonto National Forest.