Youth Program Staff

We hire enthusiastic science educators who love working with children in the outdoors! Each staff person must pass a background check as well as have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our youth program team is trained not only in safely managing groups in the outdoors, but in how to engage children in both fun and meaningful field science learning experiences.  Staff are typically hired after already having experience as teachers and guides for youth in a variety of camps, schools or non-profit organizations.

Meet our Summer 2021 Instructor Team Below!

Often we need contract instructors or substitutes throughout the year, email youthscience@rmbl.org if interested.

Leah Hume
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
Degree(s): B.A. Outdoor Education with and emphasis in Outdoor Leadership
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to teleport so I can go anywhere in the world for a weekend trip.
Favorite Animal: Mountain Lion
Favorite Insect: Bees (even though I’m allergic)
Favorite Plant: Paper birch tree
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Carmel cashew milk ice cream
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my three dogs around the valley, backyard campfires, painting, camping, stand up paddle boarding, and skiing in the winter
How many summers with RMBL? It’s my first summer!

Katie Lawn
 Hometown: Lake Villa, Illinois
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to be able to have gills to breathe underwater.   
Favorite Animal: Bison and salamanders
Favorite Insect: Caddisflies, especially those that build their own cases!
Favorite Plant: Sassafras trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food
Commonly Seen: Skiing, hanging out on water, adventuring with my pup, relaxing in hot springs and making friends wait for me on hikes while taking pictures of wildflowers and other treasures.
How many summers have you spent with RMBL? 3

Sarah Slankard
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Degree(s): Child Development
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? Accelerated healing for all, so everyone could feel healthy and so injuries wouldn’t get in the way of adventures and sport
Favorite Animal: Goat
Favorite Insect:  Dung Beetle
Favorite Plant: Redwood Tree
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Mint Chocolate Chip or swirl soft serve in a cone
Commonly Seen: Mountain biking; rafting on the river; picnicing on the river; lake; and skiing all winter long.
How many summers with RMBL?  3

Erin  Slaughter
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degree(s): Bachelors in Secondary Education and Business Administration, minors in English and Environmental Science (Alma College, MI). Currently working on Masters of Education in Environmental Education (Slippery Rock University, PA).
Superhero Power: I would like to be able to fly because I love to travel and because it would be amazing to see the world from a bird’s eye view.
Favorite Animal: Peregrine Falcon
Favorite Insect: Firefly
Favorite Plant: All the wildflowers but especially Fleabane, Lupine, and Indian Paintbrush
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Brownie Fudge
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my husband, Jason; taking pictures of flowers; playing with my dog, Zelda; reading and hammocking!
How many summers with RMBL? 4

Jason Slaughter
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degree(s): B.A. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Culturally Linguistic Diversity
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  My superhero tool would be Thor’s Stormbreaker (if I’m worthy).  I could use the bifrost to teleport wherever, which is great for travel, and because I’m a huge Avengers fan.
Favorite Animal: American Bison
Favorite Insect: Dragonfly
Favorite Plant: Quaking Aspen
Favorite Ice: Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream!
Commonly Seen: Hiking to mountain peaks, camping, fishing, running, and doing workouts for wrestling
How many summers with RMBL?  3

Ann Colbert
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. Natural Resources/Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University and M.A. Teaching from Colorado College, Certified Elementary Education and Secondary Science Teacher, Wilderness First Responder
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  Tigger Power – to be able to bounce from mountain tops to valley bottoms and back to mountain tops again.   
Favorite Animal: Morgan horses, black bears, snowshoe hares, and all members of the family Mustelidae especially weasels, otters and badgers.  I also like long neck dinosaurs and pocket gophers.
Favorite Insect: Leafcutter bees and lady bugs
Favorite Plant: Alpine forget-me-nots, Parry’s primrose, fireweed and aspen trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Dulce de leche and chili chocolate cherry
Commonly Seen: Riding horses, climbing mountains, ski touring and swimming in hotsprings.
How many summers with RMBL?  7

 

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