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At BOSS, we recognize that the quality of your experience with us depends on the quality of your instructors. Please use the links to the right to learn more about our current staff and how one can possibly work for BOSS.

Laurel Holding

Laurel Holding
First year at boss

2000

Current Position:

Head Instructor and Director of Program Development

Hometown:

Palo Alto, CA

Status:

Boulder, Utah

I CAME TO BOSS BECAUSE...

I had an interest in anthropology and archaeology, a passion for the outdoors, and a desire to live more simply. The BOSS program seemed to be very challenging and to expect a lot from its students, which appealed to me.

I TEACH AT BOSS BECAUSE...

It is rewarding to empower students to thrive in the wilderness with much less gear, gadgets – and calories – than they are used to having. I love the desert and I enjoy seeing the profound influence the natural world exerts on people who surrender to it. Teaching at BOSS is humbling and often uncomfortable, and in the best possible way.

And after nearly 15 years teaching for BOSS I must say that I consider my co-staff like a second family--so what better way and with what better people should I spend my time?

Interesting Trivia about Laurel:

  • Laurel is a professional butcher.

  • She is an avid bowhunter, and has taken Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk and Dusky Grouse with her bow on Boulder Mountain

  • Laurel has a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.