Crystal Nordstrand grew up in a family of outdoor adventurers. Her mother in her early 20s lived in a tree house built 50 feet above the ground and later worked as a National Park ranger and a commercial river guide. Her father Michael has been guiding rivers worldwide for four decades. Of course Crystal followed in their footsteps but in her own way. Eight years ago she began pursuing outdoor guiding as a career, but she has felt the draw of nature since she could first walk. Her first serious outdoor hobby, horseback riding, grew from every little girl’s fantasy to a competitive passion. She was lucky enough to begin her world travels at age seven. Her father was the director of several campuses for the School for Field Studies in sustainable resource management. So Crystal’s family spent semesters abroad in Kenya, Queensland, Australia, South Caicos Island, and on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. During college she expanded her cultural and linguistic knowledge by attending Universities in both Spain and Puerto Rico. Later she received Bachelor degrees in Parks and Recreation Management and in Spanish from Northern Arizona University. Over the past several years she has been introduced to the the fantastic and complex world of outdoor photography by her husband Professional Photographer Russ Nordstrand.  She has since expanded her travels considerably while pursuing landscape and wildlife photography in exotic locations such as Costa Rica, and the infamous Katmai National Park in Alaska. Her most alluring, and also challenging, task as a guide is balancing the protection of the resource base while facilitating a high quality of visitation. She believes her chief duty is to educate people about the fragility of our shared environment and how intimately it connects to their lives.