Kai Hagen

Activist Kai Hagen grew up exploring the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland not far from his urban home, Washington, D.C., Today he works to battle urban sprawl.

 

Activist Kai Hagen’s passion for wilderness stems from finding inspiration as a child at his grandparents’ cabin in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. Today he works to protect wild places like The Catoctin Mountains as an activist in Washington, D.C.

Roughly an hour’s drive from the White House in Frederick, Maryland, the Catoctin Mountains is a welcome retreat for Washingtonians into a magical place with cool trout streams, black bear dens and one of Maryland's great rattlesnake hibernacula.

Kai draws on a lifetime of inspiring adventures to feed his civic wilderness activism and photography.

Kai first explored this rolling chain of mountains as a child. Now, he draws on a lifetime of inspiring adventures to feed his civic activism and photography.

“There’s a lot of miracles in nature,” Kai says. “There are a lot of things that make your jaw drop or your heart ache.”