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 Park, Graduate Fellow, ext 119
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.
Gabriel Germanow, Graduate Fellow, ext 112
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 Miller, Graduate Fellow, ext 112
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 Broomfield, Graduate Fellow, ext 119
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.