December E Newsletter 2019

the power of PLACE

Partnerships to Scholarships

Philanthropy makes it possible for us to reach undergraduates who otherwise would never make it to Gothic.  In 2019 we provided approximately $150,000 in financial awards to students, equivalent to full rides for 20 students, or half of the 40 students we host.  For a society in which children have fewer opportunities to grow up outdoors, giving the gift of a Gothic summer is magical.

Ian Billick - Director RMBL

Ian Billick | PhD
Executive Director, RMBL


Gavin Belfry, RMBL Student

What he did last summer

For University of Tennessee undergraduate Gavin Belfry, the summer of 2019 was particularly seedy. He spent the summer assisting with Dr. Benjamin Blonder’s seed distribution research at RMBL. For six years, Dr. Blonder’s team has been looking at where plants are showing up at a series of plots on Mount Baldy. The point is to see not only what the local plant community looks like but also why the plants are there.

Out There Colorado Profile of billy barr
The Profile of a True Colorado Mountain Man