Our Team

Emily Dellinger – Program Director / Lead Adventure Guide 


Emily founded Venture Free in 2014. She has a great love for adventure, and enjoys inspiring those around her to live happy and healthy lives. She started on her journey as an outdoor educator as a surf instructor, and has been working with kids for over 10 years. Her positive attitude and zest for life is contagious – she makes every day at camp great fun!

Emily’s education and certifications:

  • Trained as an EMT (emergency medical technician)
  • UCSC graduate with Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • Personal Training certificate from National Academy of Sport Medicine
  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Outdoor Guide and Trainer Certificate from Adventure Out


Matt Nichols – Adventure Guide / Camp Counselor


Matt is finishing up a degree in earth science with an emphasis in geology and has eight year’s experience working with children. From a young age he was spending time in nature and is passionate about environmental stewardship and outdoor fun. He is Wilderness first aid certified, loves smore’s, and has a thing for Rock’s ( both climbing and studying them).






Emily Baumer – Camp Counselor

Emily graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sculpture, and has spent the last few years instructing glassblowing classes and facilitating children’s art projects. After college she traveled across the country adopting a minimalist lifestyle and found artistic inspiration in nature. Her goal is to share a deeper appreciation of nature with others and also to defend it.






~Summer Staff~


Edder Diaz – Adventure Guide

20160723_115250-2Edder (or “Cheesy Cheese” as the kids have dubbed him) has been with us since 2015. He is always willing to lead a helping hand on our daily adventures. He enjoys reading, rock climbing, and spending time in the great outdoors.