Will Stauffer-Norris was born in Idaho, grew up in Virginia, and graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with an Environmental Science degree. Will has paddled and filmed on rivers all over the world. 

He combines his passions for wild rivers, visual art, and adventure to document some of the planet's most remote and beautiful places. Will’s work is in film festivals like Banff and 5Point, has been awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick, and appeared the pages of National Geographic Magazine. He also runs a Seattle-based virtual reality production company, Imbue Reality.


National Geographic Magazine, "Two muddy wheels in the path of a future train." By Daniel Stone, April 2016

National Geographic Adventure Blog, "Friction of Terrain." By Kyle Hemes and Will Stauffer-Norris, May 2016

Global Post, "How to keep the American Southwest from drying up altogether." By Brendan Boepple, November 2014,

Canoe & Kayak Magazine,Saving the Salween” Photos and words by Will Stauffer-Norris, July 2014.

Canoe & Kayak Magazine,A Tale of Two Rivers.” By Zak Podmore, photos by David Spiegel and Will Stauffer-Norris, June 2013

National Geographic NewsWatch,The Colorado River, Source to Sea (Not Quite).” By Jennifer Pitt, February 2013.

Harvard Kennedy School, "Conservation Innovation: Students as Conservation Catalysts" interview, December 2012

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, “Report Chronicles Troubled Colorado Basin,” April 2012 and “Researchers share river stories in Glenwood.” By John Stroud, July 2012.

American Whitewater, "Beyond the Take Out" by Will Stauffer- Norris, May/June 2012

Denver Post, “Colorado students may have a way to save the Colorado River Basin.” Op-ed by Walter Hecox, April 2012.

Etown Radio Show, Boulder, CO, March 2012.

Christian Science Monitor, “Paddling down the Colorado River to surface its secrets.” By Molly Driscoll, February 2012.

Huffington Post, “The End of a River? Source to sea down the Colorado.” Op-ed by Zak Podmore, February 2012.

State of the Rockies Report CardExpedition Report by Zak Podmore with photos from Will Stauffer-Norris, April 2012 and April 2013