Name: Scott Grieve

Graduation Year: 1971, high school graduate of The Sterling School

Current Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota

Employment & volunteer work: Chairman of the Board: Wildlife Forever; Board of Advisors, Sterling College; Big Island Outdoors 2008-2012; Big Island Publishing 1995-2008; Pondview Productions 1985-1995; Wilson Learning Corporation 1973-1985 

Other interests:

Fishing, hunting, farming for deer, golf, wine tasting, adventure travel

Can you tell us about your current work? 

After a  25-year career in producing corporate and outdoor video, I ventured into computer gaming and some entrepreneurial endeavors. During my for-profit career, I joined the board of Wildlife Forever and have been the Chairman for almost 20 years. I’m now retired but continue to chair at Wildlife Forever.

I have shared many accomplishments and adventures over the years with Wildlife Forever. Besides our two national core programs, “Clean, Drain, & Dry” that educates fisherman about aquatic invasives, and “ State-Fish-Art” that teaches kids about aquatics and art, I’ve worked on helping “Stop Pebble Mine” in Bristol Bay, Alaska and retire coal rights in a large tract of forests outside Cordova, Alaska in the Copper River basin. Along the way, I’ve raised a wonderful family and managed to fish & hunt a little too. (A wood carving of a silver salmon caught by Scott was included in a recent exhibition called Commemorating the Catch: Fish Carvings by Stephen R. Smith at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont).  

wood carving of fish

How did Sterling influence your current career path?

Sterling fueled the interests I’ve always had in the outdoors and the environment and prepared me for any challenge. Sterling helped me realize there are alternative lifestyles that we can feel fulfilled pursuing.

What is your most memorable “out in the field” story?

My first Bounder Trip when it was over! I was only about 5 feet tall during my freshman year and I remember the snow on that trip being all of that. I also recall one ill-fated spring canoe trip on the Green River where we lost most of the canoes to the rapids!

Any words of wisdom for current Sterling students?

Do what you can to save the planet and make a good bug out plan in case you can’t.


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