About Obsidian Expeditions
Inspired by a centuries-old rock quarry used by ancient Native Americans to collect, trade, and fashion primitive tools and weapons out of volcanic glass, Obsidian Expeditions welcomes adventurers, explorers, newlyweds, and bucket-listers of all ages to experience the 22-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with us.
Our customizable private tours are designed to help you see and experience the most iconic wildlife, scenic landscapes, and cultural attractions the region offers from the comfort and safety in one of our luxury vehicles.
Seasonal multi-day, full-day, sunrise, and sunset tours are arranged daily from Big Sky, Bozeman, Jackson Hole & West Yellowstone.
Stacy is a managing partner and tour director for Obsidian Expeditions, a professional snowboard instructor, recovering technophile, and 90’s grunge music aficionado.
Born in Alabama, Stacy spent his youth hiking, rappelling, and orienteering in the foothills of Appalachia. After graduating from college, Noland heeded the words of the American author Horace Greeley to “go west, young man,” and moved to Seattle, where he quickly found his passion for youth development and environmental sustainability.
Subsequently, Stacy spent the early years of his career leading high school youth on multi-week environmental education, conservation, and restoration programs throughout Alaska, New England, the Pacific Northwest, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
In 1996, Stacy discovered his aptitude for technology and thus began a two-decade career as an information communication, marketing, and technology professional. He held leadership roles at Microsoft, NBC, Symantec, and several boutique marketing firms and technology start-ups.
While at Microsoft, Noland served as a key contributor to the Telecentre Knowledge Network (Telecentre.org), a United Nations-inspired program to educate and alleviate global poverty by connecting two billion people in Africa, India, and China with access to information communication technologies.
In 2007, Stacy launched the Moontown Foundation, an award-winning non-profit organization that provided experiential education and leadership development opportunities in entrepreneurship and sustainability for at-risk youth.
In partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE), Noland spearheaded the SWITCH Program, a citywide greenhouse gas reduction, and green jobs program. Participants successfully installed over 1-million energy-efficient lightbulbs and 30+ solar-powered trash compactors throughout Seattle.
In 2014, Stacy decided that he had had enough of Seattle’s dark and dreary weather, tech bro’s, and the corporate rat race, so he downsized and moved to Jackson, WY, to reconnect with his first true professional love, the outdoors.
Mr. Noland studied Applied Psychology at the University of Washington, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Psychology from Montevallo, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Mental Health First Aid practitioner.
When not guiding, Stacy can be found hosting dinner parties, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and backpacking in wild and scenic places.
In addition to the titles of Operations Director & Tour Guide, Lisa proudly takes on the role of Chief Vehicle Detailer, and she’s a firm believer in the transformational power of the month-long road trip.
Lisa was born in a small British Columbia Mountain Town at the confluence of the Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers, but her family relocated to Vancouver before she could walk or learn to ski. She spent her youth cycling to nearby seashores, exploring regional parks, and discovered a love for Alpine and Nordic skiing on the North Shore Mountains and at Whistler/Blackcomb.
A few of her Pacific Northwest aquatic adventures include canoeing on the Yukon River, surfing near Tofino, kayaking off the shores of Victoria, and sailing the waters around the San Juan Islands. Fun Fact: Ask her about the time she was rescued, after a flash flood, from the base of the Grand Canyon.
In 2016 Lisa had a longing to shift her perspective and return to the mountains and she did just that when she relocated from Victoria, BC, to Jackson, WY. Before starting Obsidian Expeditions, Lisa helped lead a team of “unexpected farmers” at Vertical Harvest, North America’s first vertical, hydroponic greenhouse in the heart of downtown Jackson.
Lisa studied Applied Arts and Urban Land Economics, and her diverse professional experience includes over 20 years of event logistics, space planning, theatre design, and National Historic Site interpretation. As a lifelong learner, she enjoyed volunteering as a TEDxVictoria organizer and recently completed the Outdoor Guide Certification program through the University of Wyoming.
With a keen eye for detail, a curious mind, and an innate sense of wonder, she looks forward to welcoming you to her new wild surroundings and helping to create lifelong memories for you and your family.
Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, Ted Jackson has dedicated his life to studying all things outdoors and helping people. His passion started at a very young age when he regularly attended camps and outdoor adventure programs. His outdoor experiences continued to evolve as he grew up.
Ted attended St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, specializing in Volcanology, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, and Structural Geology. Ted spent most of his class time observing geological features in the Adirondacks.
Ted spent a summer studying abroad in Kenya, conducting field research in the National Parks, assessing all-natural and human threats that endanger the wildlife and the park’s ecosystem. Because of his education, Ted researches and inquiries about the geological background of everywhere he travels.
Before graduating, Ted served in the Peace Corps and was sent to South Africa. Ted committed his two amazing years of service to teaching Health and HIV to upper middle school/lower high school students and hosting weekend camps. Ted spent his downtime exploring most of Southern Africa, backpacking through its many forests and mountain ranges while appreciating the region’s environmental diversity and wildlife.
Ted’s special ability to adapt to any environment and culture enabled him to integrate with his host community easily. Ted was honorably discharged in 2015 for his successful service.
Today, Ted continues his outdoor lifestyle here in Jackson Hole. Since moving to Jackson in 2016, he has spent his winters snowboarding and summers camping, climbing, and exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park.
When Ted is not outside, he can be found playing his guitar, learning from his favorite artists, and teaching his friends.