Environmental Studies Faculty

Tabitha Espinoza

Tabitha Espinoza

Email: tabitha.espinoza@umontana.edu

Personal Summary

Tabby was born and raised in Arlee, MT by a large family of talkative women and mostly reserved men. She grew up playing in the mountains, fields, and lakes of the beautiful Flathead Reservation. After college she lived in Yosemite and worked a stint with the "Bear Team," where the main objective was to keep bears out of developed areas. There was a lot of chasing and yelling involved. Most of the work was done at night and she quickly learned where the large ditches were. She travelled extensively and found herself working and living in Southwest Montana and Kauai before boomeranging back home to Western Montana. She feels endlessly fortunate to have experienced diverse and awe-inspiring places and cultures but there is nowhere she'd be happier to call home than Western Montana.

She is pursuing a Graduate degree in Environmental Studies with the intention of gaining a better understanding of Environmental Education and Traditional Knowledge of Native Peoples. 


Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Montana, 2008

ISEP Exchange in Bangkok, Thailand, 2007



Tabby is currently working on expanding the GUTS! empowerment curriculum by adding place-based activities and natural history to the Summer Outdoor Adventures curriculum. 

Specialized Skills

Through her work at GUTS!, Tabby leads courses of ten girls into wilderness to work on connection with self, community, and place. 

Professional Experience

Program Manager, GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths), YWCA of Missoula- current position

Park Ranger, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Visitor Services Technician, Be Bear Aware Program, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Bear Team intern, National Park Service, Yosemite National Park




Hiking, backpacking, kayaking, running, growing plants, cooking, snorkeling....just generally enjoying life.