August 2019

the power of PLACE

From Curious to Scientist

With your support RMBL is investing in youth science.  30 years ago, RMBL started Kid’s Nature Camp.  We now focus the program on science and formalized that transition in 2016 by renaming it Youth Science Programs.

In 2001, we had 190 summer contact days with younger children.  By 2018 we had over 1700 youth contact days. We offered a high school course, supported classes from Crested Butte Community School, Gunnison, Delta, and the Denver Logan School for Creativity as well as professional development for teachers.  Operating a growing program of this size and integrating RMBL science with the programming needs of public schools, requires a professional.

Ian Billick - Director RMBL

Ian Billick | PhD
Executive Director, RMBL


Ann Colbert, MA

Go Outside and Play!

Your parents were right. It’s good for you to get out of the house. Besides, you can learn things. Just ask the Pre-K through high school kids that show up for our nature and science camps every summer. We take them to lots of cool spots at RMBL. They participate in hands-on activities. And they have a blast.

Ann Colbert is the education wizard behind our youth science camps. She’s the RMBL Youth Programs Manager, and a short chat with her will reveal just how much she loves sharing her passion for science, nature, and learning with young people. A certified elementary education and secondary science teacher, she grew up in Colorado and, as she remembers, “I played a lot outside.” Ann’s family lived close to the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, so she had a huge natural playground.