Carly SchmidtMembership & Communications Manager

Carly Schmidt

Denver, Colorado

At River Network, Carly provides support to member organizations across the country. She is always looking for opportunities for the national network of water protectors to learn and connect with peers at River Rally and online.

Carly spent the early years of her career developing and facilitating classroom curricula designed to give students unique and fun opportunities to experience the natural phenomena and physical science around them. Her experience includes creating content for the Project WILD environmental education guides, leading and administering STEM education programs, and managing operations and communications at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Austin, Texas. Carly earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Tulsa and an M.S. in environmental science & policy from Northern Arizona University. In graduate school, Carly studied the impacts of a youth education program on student values, pollinator habitat restoration, and groundwater recharge in restored areas. Having added a master of science to a foundation in the humanities, she finds that a multidisciplinary background helps her find the human connection in the technical details.

Carly grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and spent most of her time on the water in a rowing shell or a sailboat. Rowing at the collegiate level gave her the rare experience of competing on nearly every major river in the United States. Carly lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado. She is an avid reader, skier, baker and runner. She also enjoys a good travelling, camping, or backpacking adventure!