Common Outdoor Ground is the brainchild of Wyoming native and longtime Laramie resident Aaron Voos.
Aaron is a self-described husband, dad and outdoorsman. He does not sit still well and tries to stay physically active while enjoying creation in as many ways possible. He’s a UW graduate with a media/public relations stint for UWyo Athletics, and now works with the U.S. Forest Service.
Native Vermonter Emily Parsons grew up in a house her parents built, heated only with wood. Her father is a woodsman and her mother a successful entrepreneur. They grow a large portion of their own food. Emily found her way to Wyoming, working for the Forest Service on Wildland Fire Crews, where she met her husband. They started and own TigerTree, a forestry and tree care company in Laramie. With two children who need ample opportunities to dig and play in the dirt (for years and generations to come), Emily volunteers her time to build and fund the COG organization.
Willow Belden is the host and founder of Out There, an award-winning podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the outdoors. Before launching the podcast, she was a reporter and host at Wyoming Public Radio. Willow is an avid cross-country skier, mountain biker, and hiker, and she's conquering her fear of heights by learning to rock climb.
Rob Joyce moved to Laramie in 2007 from the east coast. He began climbing at Vedauwoo while attending the University of Wyoming. After graduating in 2011, he traveled and climbed, returning to UW to pursue a master’s degree in planning and environment and natural resources. Rob works as an organizer for the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club and still loves climbing at Vedauwoo.
Hunter Bruce became involved with COG through the Ruckelshaus Institute Collaboration Fellowship, a fellowship designed to give graduate students an opportunity to work hands-on in the field of collaborative decision making. Though the Fellowship has ended, Hunter is still employed by the University of Wyoming. His continued work to support COG is the result of a childhood deprived of public lands and access to quality outdoor spaces.