Ryder has been teaching and leading groups of young people and adults in the outdoors for fifteen years. He studied Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic, and earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Prescott College. After working for Outward Bound, and Chewonki, Ryder started his role as Program Director at Bryant Pond in 2007. In 2014 Ryder’s role shifted to coordinate the 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond and Tanglewood. He is on the boards of The Androscoggin River Watershed Council and The Maine Environmental Education Association. With his wife, Amy, and children Nyla, Grace, and Braden, Ryder lives in Greenwood in a passive solar house he designed and built in 2004. When not at Bryant Pond, the whole family can be found hiking, paddling, gardening, fishing, and skiing.