Patrick Cross, Executive Director
One of Patrick’s earliest memories is from the Beartooths, when his mom scooped him up and ran from what may have been a bear (but was more likely just a big brown stump). Those family hikes, and later Boy Scout camp outs and adventures with Billings high school buddies, helped instill his interest in nature and conservation, along with the goal of finding a “dream job” in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. After more than a decade at an ecology research nonprofit, during which time he studied foxes on the Beartooth Plateau for his master’s thesis, he joined the ABWF in 2020. Now in this latest “dream job”, he is excited to not just be working in the A-B Wilderness, but to be working for the A-B as well.
Ben Daley, Program Director
While leading a backpacking trip in the Beartooths in 2016, Ben was inspired to return again to Red Lodge. Since then, they have been working as an overseas educator, primarily instructing semester abroad programs in Bolivia and Peru. Ben works to understand the natural and cultural histories of mountain landscapes while connecting with those that also call them home. Since landing in Red Lodge, they have greatly enjoyed putting down roots in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.