Alexis Rykken

Alexis Rykken has lived in remote areas of the Southwest for most of her adult life, captivated by wild lands, nourished by the mystery and grit of untamed country. She holds a master of education degree and works as a writer, ecologist, and educator. Alex designed and implemented “Mapping the Río,” an interdisciplinary field study of the Río Grande Watershed, and produced a DVD featuring the Río Grande. She also partnered with a San Antonio Elementary School fifth-grade class to publish a field guide featuring the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico and has worked as a volunteer with Mission:Wolf. Thinking Wilderness selected Alex as a “featured wilderness thinker” in 2014. Of her love affair with wilderness, Alex writes, “It is here I feel connected — hand, foot, and heart — to my inner spirit, to Earth’s dream, to my own dream for Earth.”