Youth Programs Staff

Youth programs team sitting on log

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 2023 Instructor Team Below!

Katie Lawn (Youth Programs Coordinator)
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? 5

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? 2

Jacob Gasser

Hometown: Castle Rock, CO
Degrees: B.A. in Environment and Sustainability, B.A. in Recreation and Outdoor Education with an emphasis in Outdoor Environmental Education, Minor in Business Administration
Superpower: time travel
Favorite Animal: Mountain chicken (its a type of frog!)
Favorite Insect: Ants (they’re always up to something)
Favorite Plant: Blue spruce
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Commonly Seen: Floating the river, rock climbing, powder-hunting at CB, and playing guitar.
How many summers with RMBL? This is my first summer!

Stephanie Gerber

Hometown: Durango, Colorado
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: Graduated from Western Colorado University May 2023, with
a Master of Arts in Education degree and a minor in sociology. I am currently in the graduate
program to receive a master’s degree with a Reading Teacher emphasis.
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? It would be so
amazing to be able to teleport. I love to travel, and this would make traveling the world so much
Favorite Animal: Hummingbird
Favorite Insect: Butterflies
Favorite Plant: Indian Paintbrush
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Anything from Third Bowl
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my 2 dogs, skiing (downhill and cross-country), paddle boarding,
camping, and studying.

How many summers with RMBL:  1 

Angus Fortune

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to be able to shapeshift into any animal at any time.
Favorite Animal: African Elephant
Favorite Insect: Praying Mantis
Favorite Plant: Juniper Tree
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream
Commonly Seen: Skiing, hiking through mountains, dropping into canyons, playing guitar, and doing puzzles with my partner.                                    How many summers with RMBL? This will be my first summer!