The Explore Kentucky Initiative is an organization dedicated to promoting an active lifestyle through adventure in Kentucky’s outdoors. We do this through environmental education, digital content, & guided adventures. We also strive to be a resource for outdoor exploration in Kentucky— where it to be to help you find the best place to paddle in the Big South Fork, your next favorite climbing route, or an amazing watering hole to replenish at after an adventure. #ExploreKentucky


Gerry Seavo James @GerrySeavo



Carolyn Sexton @Carolyne_Getoutside

  • Role: Program Coordinator/Backcountry Belles and Nature Reconnect Lead

  • E-mail:

  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky and Texas A&M University


  • Licensed KY Professional Geologist

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Leave No Trace Master Educator

  • NOLS Outdoor Educator

  • Ecotherapy Coach

Shara Sumner @SharaUtopia

  • Role: Paddlesports Instructor
  • Email:
  • Alma Mater: Western Kentucky University
  • Certifications
    • American Canoe Association certified Level II Kayak Instructor.

Reed Mattison @WrMattison

  • Role: Fall 2017 Intern
  • Email:
  • College: Western Kentucky University
  • Certification:
    • Wilderness First Responder
    • Red Cross Lifeguard