Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Steve O’Neil

Residential Team


Steve O’Neil

Director of Science Environmental Education Program

Steve is a Naturalist and science educator at Trails whose mission is to open the eyes and minds of the students to the natural world around us.

Through his unique science-based wildlife and natural resource conservation, and renewable energy-themed classes, he works to introduce and direct our students into productive and lasting discovery of the world around them. The hands-on lessons from custom-designed citizen science field studies and projects, “Science Steve,” as the students call him, works to introduce the students to real wildlife conservation projects that benefit the selected species and their habitats not just on campus, but everywhere.  

In addition to his studies in wildlife and fisheries management, recreational management and zooarchaeology in college, he brings 25 years of experience working in wildlife conservation and education and has conducted thousands of educational nature and wildlife presentations and treks to countless numbers of children and adults. He works to inspire connections between these misunderstood animals and our often misunderstood students.


Get started today

Contact us today to learn how Trails Carolina can help your family

Contact Us LP

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


Family Education & Growth

A Comprehensive Wilderness Therapy Program Combined With Residential Programming, Base Camp And Accredited Academics