Olivia Ellard

Mesa Verde National Park

Olivia is a first year CVA at Mesa Verde National Park. She grew up in upstate New York, and has always loved the outdoors. In high school and college, she worked summers as a camp instructor, where she developed a passion for outdoor education by teaching nature skills to kids. She attended Dickinson College in southern Pennsylvania and graduated with majors in anthropology and archaeology, and was most interested in environmental anthropology as well as public archaeology, particularly in public interpretation of the past. She also continued to work in outdoor education, creating outdoor programming and leading backpacking and rock-climbing trips for my college community. Olivia fell in love with the southwest while attending a field school in northern New Mexico and continued to pursue research of the region. After completing her thesis on climate change and cultural resource management, she moved to Colorado and began to search for opportunities in the four corners region where she could pursue her interests in the outdoors and public interpretation. She absolutely thrilled to be a CVA at Mesa Verde, where she will be able to expand existing community outreach programs and hopefully build new connections for the volunteer and education programs at the park.