Direct phone: 231.344.1009
Email: emily(at)
In June, 2016, we welcomed Emily Hughes to the Little Traverse
Conservancy staff in a new position devoted fully to our membership
program. Emily comes to us with a diverse set of skills in development,
marketing, nonprofit management, and outdoor education. However,
what you are most likely to notice about her is an irrepressibly positive
attitude and infectious smile. Most recently she lived and worked at
Kroka Expeditions, a nonprofit wilderness school in New Hampshire
with an educational farm. As outreach director for three years, Emily was
able to refine what she learned in college and test her own ideas. Emily’s
undergraduate studies were in International Business and Marketing at
the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before jumping into her graduate
studies, she ventured to Lanesboro, Minnesota to work as a naturalist
at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center. In following years, she
gained a masters in Environmental Studies from SUNY-ESF and a
masters in Public Administration at Syracuse University with a focus in
nonprofit management. Emily’s love of the outdoors began at a young age during camping,
hiking, and canoeing trips. Many of these trips were in the Adirondacks,
just a couple hours from her hometown, Fayetteville, NY. She is a
National Outdoor Leadership School alumni and certified Wilderness
First Responder. Emily loves cycling and would choose a bike over a
car any day. She is also an avid basketball player, with lots of height and
enthusiasm. She is joined by her partner Joe, and their dog Journey, both
natives of northern Michigan. Emily is eager to meet you, our members!
Feel free to call her to set up a preserve walk or bike ride.