Ava Nora Isaacson is a native Idahoan with a passion for environmental preservation, and outdoor recreation. Growing up outside of Moscow, she spent her summers roaming around the Big Lost River Range and catching critters along the banks of the Salmon River, as her family would camp at Challis Hot Springs for her father’s field geology work for the University of Idaho. Ava has fond memories of childhood finding any excuse to get outside, preferably in the mountains and near water.
Graduating with an undergraduate in Environmental Science, Social Option from the University of Idaho in 2014, Ava spent the following year pursuing interests in environmental education. Her first position is in this field was working as an AmeriCorps member for Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute in Moscow. Upon completion of her first AmeriCorps term, her and her partner, Alexander, moved to McCall where she began graduate school at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). While living in McCall for 16 months, Ava completed a second AmeriCorps term, her Master’s project with the McCall Chamber of Commerce and the MOSS requirements for a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources. The added rewards of living in McCall, Ava fell back in love with downhill skiing and indulged in all the outdoor wonders of the area as much as possible. In addition, Ava worked on a curriculum development contract with Wild Science Explorers (WSE), an educational rafting nonprofit. In the name of professional development for WSE, she had the opportunity to go to river and guide school in Washington on the White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers. Even more exciting, to complete the training, she worked as an apprentice through a five day Hells Canyon trip, a truly transformative experience for Ava. These immersive river journeys ignited Ava’s love and passions for rivers.
Ava comes to IRU with a life-long love for Idaho’s wild places, and a newfound passion for its wild rivers. She is thrilled to apply her loves with a knowledge of the complex environmental landscapes of the West to Idaho Rivers United long and respected history for river preservation and restoration in Idaho. Ava cannot wait to meet you all over a dark espresso drink, oar on the water, or a fly-rod waist deep in a river.