Staff Bios

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Staff Bios

Here are the outdoor education instructors and staff that make High Trails happen!

Chrischris

Age: 37

School, Degree and Certifications: University of Wales Aberystwyth – BSC Countryside Management, Post Grad Certificate in Education for Geography. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification.
Experience: Outdoor Education intern-Sierra Nevadas, Adventure Director-Nova Scotia, Overseas Expedition Leader, Mexico, Venezuela, India, Geography teacher, Wales, England
Why I 9njoy working with kids/my philosophy: The world is an awesome and diverse place. I love sharing that with people.
Interests: climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, mountaineering, surfing and anything that is cool outside.

LeslieLeslie

Age: 29
School, Degree and Certifications: Oregon State – BS in Geography; Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification.
Experience: Director of Vermont Fish and Wildlife Green Mountain Conservation Camp. Swim instructor, camp counselor for 5 years, geoscience tutor, National Zoo summer education specialist, and a rowing coach.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: Kids are funny. Kids are curious. It’s so fun to hang out with kids! My current philosophy is to foster a community of young people that grow and challenge each other to become better teachers, community members, and humans in general.
Interests: Mountain biking, flower gardening, book reading, eagle watching, and museuming. Death Valley Queen!

ShaneShane

Age: 33
School and Degree: Cornell – BA in History; Colgate University: MA in Teaching Secondary Education; Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
Experience: Five years of experiential outdoor education in Rhinebeck, New York (the Catskill Region) with at risk youth and children with a broad range of special needs.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy:
1) I see value in supporting children’s comfort outside of their daily routine
2) Teaching children is easy when it’s fun but not always fun when it’s easy
3) I work with children to positively impact today. A positive impact today will establish a positive trajectory for the future
Interests: When I’m not living the dream working outdoors I binge on movies and TV shows, I’ve been know to recreationally read and I dream one day to be an accomplished woodworker, accordion player, and build my own cabin.

davidDavid

Age: 24
School, Degree and Certifications: Knox College; Environmental Studies
Experience: Elementary Education, Teaching Assistant, Conservation Education
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: The solution to current problems is education. A kid with a well-rounded education is a kid that will solve problems.
Interests: fishing, biking, hiking, country music, cattle, llamas

elyseElysee

Age: 27
School, Degree and Certifications: Hendriz College 2013; Psychology / French
Experience: Crew leader for a conservation corps in the Pacific Northwest; alternative education assistant; counselor at a wilderness canoeing camp, wilderness therapy field guide; lifeguard
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: We are all teachers, and we are all learners! I love helping kids discover their passions and interests while exploring our deep interconnectedness with all things.
Interests: Activating my magical powers!

malcomMalcom

Age: 29
School, Degree and Certifications: Bachelors of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology
Experience: I am the oldest of my siblings, so I’ve always been familiar with teaching younger kids. This has really kept me young at heart which helps me to easily relate to kids. I also participate in an outdoor education program where I taught 5th graders about birds and mammals.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I enjoy working with kids because I value imagination very highly. I love the way that children look at the world. They see the world for all its wonder, which is so rare these days. This sense of wonder should be stimulated and preserves at all costs. These young visionaries can and will shape the future.
Interests: I am an avid birder, writer, and photographer. I love wildlife and crave new adventures. I love meeting new people to share my life with.

rebeccaRebecca

Age: 27
School, Degree and Certifications: Cedarville University, BS Environmental Science
Experience: Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, McKeever Environmental Learning Center, Delaware Nature Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love the excitement, enthusiasm, and curiosity kids have when interacting with the natural world! There’s nothing more exciting than getting outdoors and wandering around the woods, and I’m super excited to share that experience with students!
Interests: I love looking for snakes and lizards and frogs. I’m excited to explore the woods around here more and learn about plants. I also love cooking, and have a legendary pumpkin pudding recipe.

sarahSarah

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: Mount Vernon Nazarene University, BS in Biology (Environmental Track)

Experience: I assisted my mom with her three middle school choirs for several years; I helped at a 7th grade camp leading6an ecology session for 3 years; last summer, I worked performing nest monitoring, vegetation surveys, and assisted with a banding of a white-headed woodpecker in Idaho. Also, all through college, I was lab assistant and led several study groups.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I really enjoy working with kids because they are still learning their niche (just like we are), but we are given the opportunity to help and guide them. I like to see the excitement in their eyes when they make a connection or learn something they can’t wait to share with friends and family. I also really care for the environment and I like to pass along the importance of preserving it, especially to younger generations.
Interests: birding, insects, botany, hiking, reading, baking, dancing (particularly the tap variety) and singing

Andee Outdoor Education instructorAdele

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: University of Maryland, Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Experience: University of Maryland Hospital: Surgical Acute Care; University of Maryland Outdoor Recreation Center
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: Kids go about their life so open to new ideas and new concepts, as they are consistently learning something new. A chance to introduce new concepts that may bring them joy, a new perspective, or spark their excitement about the outdoors is a thrilling experience.
Interests: Backpacking, reading, sketching, learning new skills and hobbies from great people

Anne8Anne

Age: 25
School, Degree and Certifications: University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Environmental Science
Experience: I’ve worked for several years at a Wilderness Girl Scout Camp having multiple roles, from guide to program director.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love working with kids because no two are ever the same. They each bring something different to the table which keeps programs and activities fresh. My philosophy is you get out what you put in; if you work hard and put the effort in, relationships, jobs, and hobbies will be so rewarding.
Interests: Coming from Wisconsin, I love anything cold and snow-related. From snowboarding to attending Packer games in -40 degree weather, you can find me outside.

Benn Education instructorBen

Age: 26
School, Degre6 and Certifications: Ozark Christian College, Inter-cultural Studies, Biblical Studies
Experience: Adventure Program Coordinator at CampComo in Como, Colorado. Life Skills Trainer for Skills Unlimited.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love learning and teaching. Kids are full of energy and creativity. I seek to explore the mysteries of truth with everyone. No ego, we go.
Interests: Rafting, Soccer, Climbing, Hiking, Dancing, Family, Music.

Outdoor camp teacherBrad

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: attended Ohio University: Lancaster
Experience: I am a former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Two years as a back country leadership program staff member at Camp Moosilauke in Orford, NH; one year as the head of the back country leadership program.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: It took me awhile to find what I consider my passion which is working in and enjoying nature. I feel now that I have this gift, to enjoy beautiful natural places and to know how to survive and thrive in these places, that I must share this gift with younger generations for years to come.
Interests: Hiking, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Running, Cycling, Reading, Health and Fitness, Nutrition.

 

Davee Camp InstructorDave

Age: 25
School, Degree and Certifications: Life experience
Experience: Eight years leading camps!
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I enjoy working with kids because I love to change lives. Molding and encouraging children during their formative years makes them better people, and with better people comes a better planet.
Interests: From sailing to summiting mountains, you can find me outdoors. A SoCal native, I split my time between the mountains and the beach.

Hannah8Hannah

Age: 23
School, Degree and Certifications: Fairfield University, majors – History, Women & Gender Studies; minors – Anthropology, Spanish
Experience: This is my fifth season as an outdoor educator and my twenty second year with a passion for our planet.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: Working with and leading groups of kids, especially in the outdoor setting, provides an authentic experience unlike any other in that instructors are able to instill in their students a love for the world around them while students inspire their instructors to have hope for a better future for our planet.
Interests: Yoga; Cooking; Hiking; Traveling; Exploring new places; Researching new topics; Learning new skills; Studying the world around us; Discussing new ideas.

Ikee TrainerIkwe

Age: 23
School, Degree and Certifications: University of Wisconsin: Madison, BA linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Experience: I have been leading canoe trips in the Boundary Waters for four summers, teaching French, and providing Wilderness Medical Care as a WFR and then a W-EMT. Recently, I worked a ropes course for the public schools of Madison, WI.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love working with kids because they are so curious and constantly discovering new things. I love being able to influence them towards enjoying the outdoors, hoping it will help them have a healthy and fulfilled life in the future. The goal is to have them pick up at least 2% of the enthusiasm for nature that I have.
Interests: canoeing, camping, climbing (all things in the great outdoors); languages, poetry, good books; wilderness medicine; looking at really small things in the woods, like ants and spiderwebs and baby leaves.

Josee Camp TrainerJose

Age: 29
School, Degree and Certifications: Georgia Southern, Bachelor of Business Administration: Finance
Experience: Former youth leader for Young Life. Also used to teach swim lessons to en 12 and under. Volunteer soccer coach for kids U6 leagues.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I enjoy working with kids because of the excitement and energy that they have when learning new things or doing activities. I try to act my age when need be, but I always remember that age is just a number and you can be excited and have fun no matter how old you get.
Interests: I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and am always willing to participate/try any outdoor activity. I also am an avid hockey fan, and enjoy reading and hammock-napping.

Actrivity TrainerKevin

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: Western Illinois University, major in Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Administration (RPTA), Therapeutic Recreation, minor in Religious Studies, Psychology, Outdoor Leadership
Experience: I worked at a family summer camp for three years. Worked with individuals with disabilities in day camps, climbing programs, and in outdoor settings. Experience with teaching students, 5th grade to college-age.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I enjoy working with kids because they keep me young and keep me thinking outside the box if we teach the youth to respect the environment, we can create a better future for all.
Interests: Exploring, camping, playing music, spinning fire, mycology, healing, having fun, meeting people, showing people new heights

Madelline Education instructorMadeline

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: University of Vermont, major- Environmental Studies (concentration: Sustainability, Community and Education), minor – Spanish
Experience: 8 years as a camp counselor at the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies, including as the Assistant Director summer of 2017. Outdoor Ed Program Coordinator at Camp Greylock in Ferrisburg, Vermont.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love challenging kids to go out of their comfort zones and try new things. Kids also absorb information and experience such awe and wonder. It is incredibly rewarding to help bring students into those experiences.
Interests: Backpacking, road biking, cooking, singing loudly in my car, Major League Baseball.

Peterr Education instructorPeter

Age: 23
School,Degree and Certifications: University of Redlands, BS Environmental Science
Experience: Worked with kids in multiple environments ranging from teaching swimming to volunteering at the marine center in Newport Beach and many things in between
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love the curiosity and wonder kids can bring to an unknown subject and having the opportunity to shape that into a passion is what brought me here. The outdoors is something I’ve had the luck of being able to experience and love my entire life and I want to be able to spread that among as many people as possible.
Interests: Above everything, I love to surf and rock climb (Trad is Rad!). When I am not in the ocean or on the wall, I enjoy snowboarding, skateboarding, reading, drawing, music, underwater basket weaving, climbing trees, sleeping, and just generally being in the outdoors.

Shannonn Education instructorShannon

Age: 23
School, Degree and Certifications: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, major: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; minor: Marine Biology
Experience: I’ve had many jobs over my 22 years of life, most of them involving children. I’ve been a camp counselor, a swim instructor, and child care worker, to name a few. I’ve also researched marine ecology, blue jay learning and behavior, frog communication, and effectiveness of cover crops in agriculture.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I think that kids have such a unique perspective on everything. I’m so excited to combine my love of the environment with my passion of teaching children in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States.
Interests: I love anything and everything about animals. Also, I enjoy swimming, scuba diving, hiking, crawling into hotel beds without untucking the sheets, and napping outside. My favorite food is cheese and my spirit animal is an otter.

Suzannee Education instructorSuzanne

Age: 26
School, Degree and Certifications: Michigan State University, Art Education
Experience: After my student teaching year, I ran off with the circus for a four-month training course. In debt but inspired, I came home and substitute taught for a year. After that, I made my way to Colorado to work as the Arts and Crafts Director at a summer camp, and now split my time between the mountains of Deckers and the mountains of Big Bear.
Why I Enjoy Working With Kids/My Philosophy: I love trying new things and making personal discoveries; working with kids gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day. Learning about things from kids’ perspectives reminds me how many different ways there are to view the world.
Interests: I love to read – words are the way to my heart. Sometimes I devour books indoors, and other times I pretend to read outside while being distracted by nature. I attempt to settle Catan somewhat often, and enjoy most board games. I pole vault, wander through thrift stores, take long drives with the radio on and seek out quirky activities happening around town.

Fraser-3Frazer

Age:  29
School, Degree, and Certifications: Pace University – Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies; University of Denver
Experience: I have worked on sustainable farms where children learn where their food comes from. In addition, I have worked for the New York State Park system using plant identification to remove invasive plants and sow native plants.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids/My Philosophy: I enjoy working with kids because of the energy and enthusiasm that they bring when learning about nature.  Learning about forests/ecosystems is a rewarding teaching experience.
Interests: Ballroom Dancing, Plant Identification

Grace-3Grace

Age:  23

School, Degree, and Certifications: Carnegie Mellon University; Bachelor of Science: Chemistry
Experience: I’ve mainly worked in labs doing research for four years. I’ve done some work in cell molecular biology, computational biology, and polymer chemistry.  I’ve also worked for a biotechnology startup in the San Francisco Bay area for a summer on the scientific development team.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids/My Philosophy: My philosophy about working in education is one that I have adopted from one of my favorite teachers in high school.  It’s my way of giving back to my community.  5th and 6th grade science camp was a pivotal moment in my young life and I hope to bring pivotal moments to other young lives.
Interests: Being Outside!!! Rock climbing, tree climbing, mountain climbing, ultimate Frisbee, backpacking, cooking, reading, music, exploring tide pools / being in the ocean, napping, science, yoga, lifting, cats…

Jill-3Jill

Age:  26
School, Degree, and Certifications: MIT: Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Experience: Camp Counselor, Trail Crew Leader, Adventurer, Swim Instructor
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids/My Philosophy: Maximize fun and learning.
Interests: philosophical discussion, learning about the universe and its contents, backpacking, experience weather

Lindsay8Lindsey

Age: 22
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Portland, Bachelors degree: Social work, Minor: psychology
Experience: Worked as a kayak guide for two years. I have done many personal outdoor trips solo and with friends.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: When working with kids I am always in awe by the amount of enthusiasm and energy kids are able to have about really anything they are presented with. I believe that the best way to learn about the outdoors is to spend time in it.
Interests: When I’m not working I enjoy being outside and almost any form of physical activity. Some of my favorite activities are backpacking, sailing, rollerblading, cross country skiing, kayaking, and playing Frisbee. When I’m not outside I enjoy watching Survivor and playing rummy.

Jay8Jay

Age: 27
School, Degree, and Certification: Berea College, B.A. Political Science
Experience: Canoe Builder, River Expeditioner, Moutain Climber, Chain-saw weilder, lover of goof books, tree-houses, and wool socks. Musician of many strings, pastry-baker, basketballer, writer, brother, scholar, and teacher.
Columbia River Canoe Guide, volunteer with Summer Food Service Program
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Young people deserve to know how we fit in our habitats, how to take care of themselves, and that each of us deserves to thrive. Good education empowers. Learning is never finished.
Interests: I love exploring on land and water, learning as much as possible, and pushing my comfort zones. I love to make music of all kinds, reading anything I can get my hands on, and making food of all varieties.

Zach8Zachary

Age: 26
School, Degree, and Certification: FSU AA in Science (Psychology)
TEFL Certification
Audio Production Certification
Experience: Taught English in Vietnam, Poland, and Hungary. Worked on a river boat in Budapest. Tiny House construction on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hospitality experience in Alaska. Hostel work in San Diego, Big Bear, Israel, and Thailand. Farm hand experience in New Zealand, Hungary, Hawaii, and Malaysia.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I’ve had a difficult time feeling like an adult, trying my best to hold onto my sense of wonder and exploration. Being able to facilitate growth and adventure in others is sometimes both wonderful, and necessary for my young heart to flourish. Having the opportunity to model respectable moral and ethical behaviors is also an amazing and prestigious responsibility.
Interests: writing music, playing guitar, rock climbing, traveling!, watching movies, Frisbee, hiking

SolangeSolange

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: Univeristy of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Special Education
Experience: I have enjoyed working with kids in various classroom and outdoor settings. Last year I taught special education at an elementary school in Minnesota, and I spend my summers leading canoe trips and teaching French to high school students at camp.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I love seeing the lightbulb moment when kids realize they can be outside, get dirty, and live without the comforts of home. Seeing their growth, even after one week is amazing!
Interests: canoeing, reading, jumping in lakes (especially Lake Superior!)

Mitch8Mitch

Age: 37
School, Degree, and Certification: Wilderness Awareness School, Student & Apprentice
Experience: Tracking, scouting, community building, permaculture, birding, fire making, navigation, primitive skills, shelter building, tending to conflict, mentoring, role modeling, leading
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I enjoy working with kids because of their rawness. They are alive with everything around them, still experiencing the stuff that most adults have become numb to. I want to be part of the goodness in the world from the ground up. I am here to tend to the land as a stewart and I simply want to pass this ancient knowledge along.
Interests: I enjoy working nwith my hands and experiencing life to its fullest. I am always trying new hobbies that push my edges. I am interested in life itself and what made us who we are today. I believe the childs’ mind and childs’ passions are one of the most vital parts in that.
Skatboarding and art have been some of the my longest running interests over 20 years now and to date I love working with primitive skills and primitive living. I enjoy learning about myself through nature.

Savannah8Savannah

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: San Diego State University, B.S. in Environmental Science
Experience: I started my outdoor education journey during my junior year of college interning part time at a local San Diego non profit. After a year there, once I graduated, I knew Outdoor Ed was where I wanted to be. Since then I have been working at camps full time.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I attended science camp when I was in fifth grade, and it was the science and the outdoors became really cool and interesting to me. I love sharing my passion and passing on knowledge (as well as gaining some) with kids.
Interests: When I’m outdoors I enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, hammocking, camping and biking. When I’m indoors I like to read, cook, knit, and drink coffee. I travel as much as possible; I have been to 15 countries!

Allison8Allison

Age: 29
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Wisconsin – La Crosee, Bachelor of Sciencce in Psychology & Biology
Experience: I used to work in psychiatric research before moving over to the education field. Since then, I’ve co-led two girl scout troop, worked as a para, seved in AmeriCorps teaching literacy skills in K-3, and have run many after school programs in tutoring. Destination Imagination, and knitting. I’ve also been a lead teacher
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids:
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Kyle8Kyle

Age: 25
School, Degree, and Certification: The Evergreen State College with a focus in Environmental Studies
Experience: Outdoor Recreation Counselor, 2 summers
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I enjoy working with kids because they have so much to teach me and I learn just as much from them as they do from me.
Interests: I love everything outdoors. Sleeping outdoors, hiking outdoors and learning outdoors. I spend my time climbing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. I prefer the cold weather over the heat!

morgan8Morgan

Age: 24
School, Degree, and Certification: Concordia College – Elementary Education
Experience: 3 summers of bible camp, 2 seasons of outdoor education
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I enjoy working with kids because I enjoy seeing the excitement in children when they learn something new.
Interests: I like to hike, swim, canoe, jet ski, and paddle boarding. I love the outdoors so much!

Lil8Lillian

Age: 34
School, Degree, and Certification: Syracuse Univerity; Syracuse, NY; BS Chemistry
Boise State University; Boise, ID; MS Science and Engineering
Experience: After 5 years working inside a giant building for semiconductor research and development, I walked outside and decided to keep walking. In the years since, I have spent most of my time living and working out-of-doors: teaching at experiential outdoor preschools, backpacking a few thousand miles, and commercial fishing in Alaska – among other adventures.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Children challenge my assumptions in unexpected ways, encouraging an attitude of flexibility, and a splaying approach to life that I find valuable. In exchange, I hope to strength their sense of confident exploration, and engage them in critical thought.
Interests: I love exploring, pushing my limits, and the process of becoming familiar with new-to-me wild spaces. Foraging is a favorite way to learn about the flora of a new home – I am food motivated! Commerical fishing for the past two years has provided a new passion – overcoming fears I never expected to face, while surrounded by the most beautiful scenery imaginable.
Here’s to hiking through new places, and experiencing new adventures at High Trails!

Ed8Ed

Age: 26
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Mobile, I have a piece of paper I promise.
Experience: Royal Family Kids Camp, 1 year. TEAMeffort Youth Missions, 3 years. Guitar Center, 2 years. SAFE Archives, 2 years. Shelterwood Acadmey, 1.5 years (more than most)
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Have you ever had a conversation with an adult about your 3rd favorite tree? Me either.
Interests: Comic books, climbing, rocks (sedimentary are my favorite), music, native culture, oceanography

Calvin8Calvin

Age: 24
School, Degree, and Certification: Montana State University (Bozeman), Biology Education
Experience: I’ve been teaching kids for a long time and just spent a year teaching school groups in Northern Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I firmly believe that the best places for children to be and to learn is outdoors. Teaching and spending time outside are some of my two favorite things and there is nothing I’d rather be doing.
Interests: I enjoy playing guitar, making art, hanging out with friends and all sorts of outdoor adventures such as, climbing, camping, paddling, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

KikiKiki

Age: 22
School, Degree, and Certification: Colorado State University, Biology
Experience: I have instructed both children and adults on how to surf and rock climb , and also have taught math and science to middle school students. I gain experience being patient, working together and having fun as much as I can through outdoor pursuits, and hope to share my love for nature with everyone I meet!
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Kids are honest and energetic, and see the world as a vast, beautiful and mysterious place. Working with kids constantly reminds me of these qualities and stimulates joy and appreciation in my own life.
Interests: skiing, biking, climbing, art, connect four, staring at bugs and plants

Archie8Archie

Age: 22
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Pittsburgh: Geology, Italian Language and Literature
Experience: I used to work as a swim instructor and lifeguard at a day camp for school aged kids (4-12 years old). Last summer, I worked for the Wyoming Conservation Corps, and AmeriCorps program aimed at promoting stewardship of federal, state, and public lands across Wyoming.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I think that kids tend to be very impressionable and open to new experiences, which is something that tends to decrease with age. Their shameless excitement when it comes to being introduced to be passionate about what we love so that we can pass on that enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Interests: I enjoy hiking and trail running, exploring unknown places (even in urban areas), swimming, or anything really that allows me to be active outdoors. I can always unwind with a good book, and I like watching the sun rise or set, whichever I have the opportunity to appreciate from a nice view. Rocks are pretty fun and interesting too.

Owen8Owen

Age: 20
School, Degree, and Certification: Elon University, Communication Design & Art Major
Experience: Trails, rivers, lakes, and cliffs all over the world. Three summers in the camping world. Lots of time learning, leads to lots of time teaching.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Kids keep me on my toes, every day there are new situations/conversations. Working with kids forces me to think the most creatively and critically. Life is one big field trip, listen closely and pay attention.
Interests: Bagging sick peaks, getting real sendy in the vertical world, stomping fresh tracks on my sideways sled. All things music.

Sadie8Sadie

Age: 24
School, Degree, and Certification: Western Illinois University: Masters in Kinesiology, emphasis on Exercise Physiology
Experience: Led autistic adolescents in personal training, graduate teaching assistant at WIU
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: We live in a society where people spend minuscule amounts of time outdoors or moving their bodies. At High Trails I have the opportunity to inspire children to do both!
Interests: running, hiking, reading

Kass7Kassidy

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: Environmental Education & Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Experience: I have a wide range of experience with the field of Environmental Education. I have worked with all age groups while teaching them about nature, wildlife, team building, and most recently white water rafting.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: My philosophy in life is to just be yourself and the rest will fall into place. I enjoy teaching kids about the environment because they are the next generation and need to know how important it is to take care of our beautiful home.
Interests: Hiking, swimming, music, photography. Just being outside! Hanging with friends

Ella8Ella

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Vermont, Secondary Education – English Concentration
Experience: I studied education at the University of Vermont and since then have split my time between being a café manager and a world traveler.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Children have all the potential in the world, and I love helping them obtain the tools they need to make their own way.
Interests: I love reading, traveling, practicing Spanish, and tricking kids into learning

Victoria8Victoria

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Washington – BA Environmental Studies; concentration in Environmental Education
Experience: 2 years summer camp instructor, 4 years ski instructor, 1 year Urban programs instructor
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Quite simply, I love seeing kids connect with nature! The natural world offers us so many opportunities for fun, growth, and learning, and I think it’s so important to learn about the environment – whether that’s in your neighborhood or here at High Trails.
Interests: skiing, plant ID: medical uses and foraging, hiking, reading, history

Sarahh88Sarah

Age: 22
School, Degree, and Certification: Brevard College, BA in English & Spanish, Minor in Education
Experience: 2 years outdoor school instructing, 1 year as camp assistant director. Taught English in Spain and worked at a summer camp in Spain.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I believe that learning should be fun, engaging, and student centered. Questions and questioning are just as important as answers.
Interests: mountain biking, running, hiking, backpacking, learning new things, reading poetry, drawing

Katie8Katie

Age: 26
School, Degree, and Certification: Ohio University – Bachelors of Science in Communications. Major: Media & Social Change, Minor: Mathematics, Psychology
Experience: I’ve been working as an outdoor education instructor/naturalist since May 2017. I have worked at Pilgrim Hills in Brinkhaven, OH; Camp Nuhap in Perrysville, OH; and as a seasonal naturalist for the Cleveland Metroparks. Before that I was a toddle teacher, a prive car provider (pet-sitting & nanny) and a camp counselor for the MAD (Music, Arts, Drama) Factory
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Kids are great because they offer a fresh perspective. It’s easy for adults to get set in their ways and kids disrupt that. I love teaching kids about the natural world around them while they experience it firsthand. I hope this will instill a lifelong love of the environment.
Interests: Where to begin? Wildlife photography is my #1 hobby and this means going on lots of nature walks, sometimes with my 9-year-old dog, Hobbes. I enjoy jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, and making friendship bracelets. My favorite show is Adventure Time – it has some great life lessons in it. I love learning new things and I’m always up for a new intellectual challenge.

KalebKaleb

Age: 23
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Oregon – Environmental Science and Biology
Experience: I taught backpacking, navigation, rock climbing, throughout college. Two years working at summer camps in Pennsylvania. One year teaching English in Taiwan.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I enjoy working with kids because they do a great job keeping my inner child alive and thriving. My philosophy in teaching is treating kids like little adults with less of different experience than “adults”, so they teach me just as much as I teach them.
Interests: While I find myself pursuing many outdoor adventures such as mountaineering and rock climbing, my main interest is in backpacking. When I am not in the outdoors, I can typically be found running, playing basketball, or reading during the not-so-great weather days. More recently, I have found myself traveling internationally in Asia and Euroasia learning about different cultures and sharing my own with fellow travelers.

Gunnar8Gunnar

Age: 25
School, Degree, and Certification: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. BFA – Illustration
Experience: I’ve been a Outdoor Ed director at YMCA summer camps and recently worked at NatureBridge in San Francisco as an Educator.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: My goal is encourage each student’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and build relationships with their peers.
Interests: Illustration; printmaking; photography (darkroom); reading and watching documentaries about sea animals; video games; skiing; kayaking; watching TV

Ryne8Ryne

Age: 32
School, Degree, and Certification: DePaul University, BA Philosophy; Duquesne University, MA Philosophy
Experience: Experienced long distance backpacker logging voer 3200 miles over the past year. 3 years training experience in aviation and safety. 2 years teaching experience in secondary education.
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I like kids because they try to find a balance between being serious and being goofy. Serious by nature, I like to surprise them with my goofy side and let know it’s ok not to take yourself too seriously.
Interests: hiking, backpacking, reading, writing

Tonee8Tonée

Age: 24
School, Degree, and Certification: University of the Incarnate Word – Major in Biology, Minor in Sculpture. Texas State University – Studies in ecology, sustainability, ornithology, limnology, and SCUBA
Experience: There’s a lot, but mainly in wildlife biology stuff and the arts
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: my philosophy is that kids are the future, and if I can mold the future and guide them towards sustainability, the sciences, and the arts, then I have done my job
Interests: There’s too many to list, but I like to swim, cook, climb, and board!

Aerin8Aerin

Age: 22
School, Degree, and Certification: Assumption College: Environmental Science Major, Writing Minor
Experience: 6 years as lifeguard/swim coach, 10 years of babysitting
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: kids always surprise me with how much they know and I love hearing their unique idea and outlooks they have.
Interests: I’m definitely a book word and through reading, I’ve grown to love writing as well. I want to use my interest in writing to help more people understand why I love science and the Earth.
Besides books, I love swimming. The water is my second home whether I’m in Hawaii, Barbados, or the Long Island sounds and I’m always down to talk about cool ocean creatures.
Finally, I really enjoy music of all kinds, from classical, to country, to alternative, to Broadway. Since I’m lucky enough to live near New York City, I’ve gotten to see many musicals live, and I’m always excited to meet people who also love musicals.

Jacques8Jacques

Age: 20
School, Degree, and Certification: NOLS, Wilderness First Responder, Leave-No-Trace Master Educator
Experience: Extensive experience in Wilderness/backcountry settings, teaching classes at L.L. Bean and teaching classes for the Boy Scouts
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: I enjoy working with children because I love sharing my love and passion of the natural world with the next generation. Hopefully to inspire them to live a life in the outdoors/the sciences. The outdoors are such a powerful and inspiring teacher, I believer everyone can take something positive away from it.
Interests: I LOVE rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, and paddling! Really if it gets me outside I’m all for it. I live in an old mini school bus, named Gerdy, I converted into a tiny home, and it’s brought me all across the country. I really enjoy conversations and sustainable living and being a steward of our natural places.

Isaac8Isaac

Age: 27
School, Degree, and Certification: Azusa Pacific University: BA English (writing)
Experience: High Sierra Semester, CA: Spring and Fall 2010
Charis Hills Camp, TX: Summers 2011, 2012
Infinitive Language School: 2013-2017
Camp Augusta, CA: Summer 2018
Why I Enjoy Working with Kids: Children are busy with discovery, of themselves and the world around them. I love to encourage and inspire reflection, exploration, and radical creativity, as well as abundant play, maybe all at the same time.
Interests: reading, writing, storytelling. Movies. Outdoors – hiking, backpacking, kayaking, ropes/challenge courses, ziplines. Ultimate Frisbee. Language. Math.
I will run through the trees
Yelling loud as I please
If I scrape up my knees
I’ll still have a good day
I tell jokes for too long
Or I’ll burst out in song
Get the details all wrong
‘cause I do it my way

I’m a huge dork or nerd
Favorite number or word
Love ideas all absurd
And I’ll share them with you.
If you come here to stay
As I hope you soon may
You can think, feel, and play
And you’ll love it here, too!







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