Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Kyle Shepard

Wilderness Team


Kyle Shepard

Experiential Education Director

Kyle is a Licensed Recreational Therapist in the state of North Carolina (LRT), and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Kyle began working with youth and adolescents undergoing treatment in 2008. Throughout his early career, he enjoyed working with students in residential programs and outdoor settings as a direct care staff, adventure leader, and beyond.  During those experiences, he grew passionate about the positive role that recreation, adventure, and the outdoors played in the progress of individual students.  Due to these experiences, Kyle became nationally certified and licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Recreational Therapist in 2012. Over the course of his career, he has held a number of leadership positions, most notably, Program Director and Executive Director of a Therapeutic Boarding School.  Throughout his time working at a therapeutic boarding school, he continued to ensure that outdoors and adventure programming remained a mechanism for the growth and development of students.  

Kyle joined the Trails Carolina team in 2019, bringing his passion for program development and helping to implement programs that create opportunities for challenge, success, and engagement for students.  Kyle enjoys his role training and mentoring staff to help them best serve the students at Trails.  While not at work, Kyle loves to go on adventures with his two dogs, mountain biking, and traveling with his wife.  

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


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