Shelby grew up in the desolate northern suburbs of Southeast Michigan, and found refuge in the small forest down the street from her house. She attended the University of Michigan and spent as much time as possible exploring the forests and coastal dunes of Northern Michigan. It was during her senior year that Shelby joined the Society of Les Voyageurs, and finally found a group that enjoys the out-of-doors as much as she does. After college Shelby worked on organic farms, did trail work in New Hampshire, and spent months listening to bird calls and following animal tracks through the woods as a park naturalist intern in upstate New York. After exploring the east she moved west to lead crews of high schoolers on backcountry trail work projects in the North Cascades of Washington, then headed north to Alaska where she lead a trail crew on a project in Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. The expansive wilderness of snow-capped volcanoes and northern lights drew her back again the next year to Alaska, where she lead a high school crew at Katmai National Park. In her spare time Shelby likes to explore in the forest and draw in her nature journal, cross country ski, canoe, rock climb, knit, do pottery, square dance, cook for groups of people, and learn new skills that will help her fulfill her goal of becoming a good woodswoman.