Adventure Series Continues: Dawn Ulrich-Spitzer… Avid Outdoorswoman, Psychologist and Um.. Drug Tester for Dogs?

by BLAKE PIESCHKE, CSU Public Relations Intern

The psychologist and avid outdoorswoman will be the next speaker featured in the Mankato Adventure Series.

On Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., the Maverick Outdoors program will continue their live-streamed speaker series with Dawn Ulrich-Spitzer.

Dawn Ulrich-Spitzer

Ulrich-Spitzer majored in biology and health with a minor in psychology while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She moved on to pursue her Master of Science degree in counseling at Moorhead State University and is now a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in Minnesota.

Despite living in Mankato since 1989 and working as a psychologist, she had her share of channeling her wild side.

In celebration of turning 50 years old, she decided to spend a night for each decade in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) all by herself. After this experience, she decided it was something all women should have the chance to experience during their life.

She held training classes through Community Education about survival and the women who felt they were capable would make the trip to the BWCAW to try and survive how she did. Over the years, she hosted many canoe trips testing the survival capabilities of the women she taught.

Group photo from a canoe trip at BWCAW in 2009

Ulrich-Spitzer also is a sled dog musher and got to help with drug testing dogs at the famous Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race in 2014. Her volunteer work included care and handling of the event’s 1,200 dogs and, for two days, collecting random samples from the race’s 69 teams.

To hear more about her outdoor experiences, tune in April 21 at 7 p.m. on their Facebook page at Maverick Adventures at Minnesota State University, Mankato | Facebook.


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