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We are sharing our passion for the natural world in ways that make a difference. From the headwaters of the Gore Range and Eagle River Valley to the world.

On the front lines

Erin ParkErin Park, Graduate Fellow, ext 119
erinp@walkingmountains.org
Erin was born and raised in the mountains outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was here that her love for the natural world and science was first ignited. After school activities often included a horseback ride or a fishing trip, sometimes a combination of both. After running and snowboarding her way through high school, she headed to the University of Colorado. There in Boulder, her passion for science continued to grow as she embraced her studies and life in beautiful Colorado. In 2011, Erin graduated with a B.S. in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology and in science education.

In her free time you can find Erin enjoying the sunshine, laughing with friends, enjoying a good meal, or snuggling with her main man, Asher the tabby grey kitty. Erin’s favorite part of teaching is watching her students surprise and impress themselves. She gets most excited when she sees a student accomplish goals they previously thought impossible.

Gabe GermanowGabriel Germanow, Graduate Fellow, ext 112
gabrielg@walkingmountains.org

Gabe was born and raised in the cozy confines of upstate New York. His childhood was chock-full of the outdoors, from tramping around the Adirondacks to skiing on towering 800-foot slopes at the local hill. Since studying at the University of Virginia Gabe has worked, lived and traveled all over the world.  He’s led outdoor and experiential education adventures in California’s Sierra Nevadas, El Salvador, Israel, and beyond, and has worked in community organizing, international development, and corporate social responsibility as well.  Gabe is uber-excited to spend the coming year at Walking Mountains, learning with and from the next generation of conservation stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.  When not working, Gabe is probably off hiking, reading, playing harmonica, or building sandwich creations.  Also, he loves carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Whitney MillerWhitney Miller, Graduate Fellow, ext 112
whitneym@walkingmountains.org

Originally hailing from the Northern California coast, Whitney grew up on a diet of salt air and redwood forests. As a young tyke, she explored tidal pools, built forts in oak trees, and meandered along Montana rivers. Assisting in her aunt’s bug shows as a child, she fell in love with exploring and sharing the natural world. In 2011, Whitney graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Psychology. During her studies, Whitney lived on several farms in Northern California where she studied Permaculture and various sustainable living systems.

With a passion for living lightly on the land, Whitney traded in the Pacific Ocean for the Rockies to continue exploring the wisdom and wonder of the natural world while sharing those teachings with both newcomers and aspiring John Muirs. For the past two years, Whitney taught science and leadership to “at-risk” high school students in the Rockies. When she's not getting lost in the woods, Whitney can be found thigh-deep in a river with a fly rod in her hand, cooking Tibetan momos, or exploring foot-stomping musical meanderings through song and strings. 

David BroomfieldDavid Broomfield, Graduate Fellow, ext 119
davidb@walkingmountains.org

David is an outdoor educator at heart. Since attending multiple science and art camps as a child he followed his passion to the other side and began teaching and mentoring in similar programs. During college he had a variety of conservation, education, and outdoor internships in Ireland, San Francisco, Maine, and Oregon. After graduating from Wheaton College in MA he travelled to Ecuador to WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), learn Spanish, and absorb the culture. While there he backpacked many peaks, most memorably around the volcano Cotopaxi with a mongrel dog as companion. He is fascinated with food from the seed to the table, and has tried his hand at starting and managing his own small farm on a mountain in NH. He is an experienced backpacker, an artistic enthusiast, and an appreciator and respecter of wildlife, wildflowers and wild children alike.

 


 

 

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Walking Mountains operates under special use permit from the White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.  All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Walking Mountains Science Center™ is a 501(3c) nonprofit that provides place-based education in natural and environmental science through science programs for Eagle County schools, summer science day camps and overnight camps, adult and family excursions that take place across Vail, Colorado and Eagle County, Colorado. Graduate fellows can apply to be environmental educators and intern naturalists. Our educational programs enhance scientific literacy, build environmental awareness, and inspire stewardship in children, adults, residents and visitors to the Vail area and Rocky Mountains. The science center recently achieved LEED Platinum Certification for the Buck Creek Campus from the U.S. Green Building Council.