Jason and Nicole Eckman - Directors
Jason Eckman first joined Longacre Expeditions in 1998. A graduate of University of Oregon, Jason has a diverse background in education, business and adventure travel. For over 18 years, he has been positively impacting the lives of young people as a wilderness guide, environmental educator, outdoor program director and high school teacher. His love for the outdoors has led him to the summit of Mt. Rainier, a thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail, sea kayaking in Fiji, tele-skiing in the Colorado Rockies and backpacking over much of the Pacific Northwest and New England.
Nicole Eckman has been involved with the Longacre family since 2000. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and a Registered Dietitian, who practices a holistic approach to caring for the body and mind. Nicole believes in the true value of the Longacre Experience, where physical challenge, communication, and personal growth are highly emphasized. Nicole’s passion for world travel and outdoor adventure has led her to visit most of Europe, much of Central America, Fiji, Morocco, British Columbia and most of the 50 US. States. Jason and Nicole are the proud parents of future Expeditioners, Mckenzie, age 3, and Avery, 9 months. The Eckman family enjoys spending their summers in Maine with Longacre students and staff.
Robert Manning - Director
Robert Manning, a native of the Jersey Shore brings his love of working with kids and surfing to Longacre Expeditions. A graduate of St. Peter’s College, his experience includes time well spent on the NY Mercantile Exchange, studying Spanish in Ecuador, organizing surf camps, coaching junior lifeguards and traveling the world searching for waves. Surfing has taken him to exotic locations such as El Salvador, Tobago, Peru, Mexico, Tortola, Bali, and Nova Scotia. In August, Bobby paddled 28-miles around Manhattan to raise money for Autism awareness with the Surfer’s Environmental Alliance. Each summer, he can be found trying to surf with as many Longacre groups as possible. Bobby and his wife Kathy are happily keeping busy with their newborn son Luke, Longacre Expeditions Class of 2020!