Oren grew up exploring the wilds of New England and began leading others on adventures in the outdoors while a student at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has spent the better part of the past two decades pursuing opportunities to explore the world and to share its wonders with others. Oren has worked as a naturalist and kayak guide in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, and the San Juan Islands, has led many river trips, and has worked as an instructor on wilderness travel and cultural exchange trips for youth in locations from Alaska to Ecuador.
Years working as an environmental educator on Catalina Island sparked a deep love of the ocean environment and inspired him to complete a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus on marine issues. He went on to work for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and co-founded a community supported fishery. Oren later spent five years managing a non-profit program that aims to make outdoor adventure inclusive and accessible to all people. An avid adventure cyclist, he has cycled over the Pamir Highway, around Iceland, and across the Sahara. Oren is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the joy of exploration with Lindblad Guests.