Quality. Community.  



Staff members at High Trails live and work on the 6000-acre property of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center here in Florissant, CO.  Outdoor Education Instructors are involved in a wide variety of work, from teaching about local geology to orchestrating the setup and cleanup of meals.  Staff members spend a majority of time outside, and lead programs and classes starting before breakfast and ending after post-dinner evening activities. Because of this, we encourage hardworking applicants with college degrees and positive references from former employers, teachers and associates.


High Trails hires instructors for the spring and fall seasons. Fall runs late August - mid November, and spring runs late March to mid - May. 


We are currently hiring on a rolling basis for our fall season, which runs from Aug. 22 - Nov. 9, 2018.

For an inside look at the day-to-day of HTOEC instructors, check out Episode 3 of Seasonal Skin from instructor Claire Jones (and while you're at it, give the whole podcast a listen): 


High Trails Leadership Team 


Sarah Krumholz grew up outside of Boston, MA. She studied history at Kenyon College in Ohio before moving out to Colorado. As an instructor for Overland Summers and the Colorado Outward Bound School, she's explored the mountains of Colorado, Switzerland, Iceland, and Alaska. Though she was respectfully booted from her sixth-grade choir, some students have favorably compared her trail-singing voice to Norah Jones.

Sarah came out to High Trails to work her first season as a field instructor in the fall of 2013. After 7 seasons of trying to find her tree, Sarah is excited to be up here in Florissant year-round as High Trails' Director.


Logan hails originally from Owensboro, KY. During summer breaks in college, he usually found himself making the long drive out west to Colorado to work for our summer camp program. After receiving a degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and a stint of working on trails for the Conservation Corps in Chattanooga, TN, Logan finally came to work for High Trails. Despite our efforts, we haven't been able to get rid of him yet. Logan is very excited to now be our year-round Assistant Director.

Logan spends most of his down time playing with his four legged companion, Tate, climbing on rocks, roller blading, reading philosophy, and trying to play guitar.


Carlotta "Lottie" Avery is part of the bedrock of High Trails. She grew up in Michigan and came out to Colorado just to visit family. Through the years she has helped develop the program into what it is today. She loves working with teachers and staff to develop a community that is focused on educating every child. Lottie is also a naturalist at heart. It is common to see her walking in the woods near High Trails doing some bird watching, nature photography, or cataloging the current wild flowers in bloom. 


Head Field Instructors

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Hi! My name is Naomi. I’m a Mainer who just can’t get enough of adventure or being outside. I graduated with a masters in Biology from University of Puget Sound in 2015 and have since never stopped roaming, but the mountains of Colorado are my most cherished home - a place where I get to work with, teach, and learn from the most down to earth and unique people and students. I’m stoked to be returning for my fourth season at High Trails and to let the adventures continue!

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Hi everyone!  My name is Nell, and I am looking forward to being at High Trails this fall after having a great time as a counselor at Sanborn this summer!  I grew up in Vermont, but I have lived in Idaho for the past year and a half while earning a Masters in Natural Resources and a certificate in Environmental Education.  I love being outdoors, especially when I am hiking, biking, sailing, looking at rocks (I was a double major in Geology and Art History), or cross country skiing.  I can't wait to meet all of the High Trails students and have a chance to explore the outdoors and learn with them!


Hey there! My name is Sam Brown and I grew up in Connecticut, but have been finding my way to the mountains since college. I studied Environmental Science and Studio Art at Wellesley College in Boston, MA before making the move out west. I believe deeply in having a pocket snack at all times, preferably one...or five of Vicky's cookies! I developed a passion for the outdoors through leading backpacking trips in Durango, CO and doing field work in Yosemite National Park and the Wasatch-Uinta National Forest in Utah among many other outdoor adventures. I can't wait to meet all of the High Trails students this fall and encourage them to use their sense of wonder inside and outside the classroom!


Hello! My name is Gretchen and I am a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in landscape architecture & architecture. I recently moved to Colorado to play in the mountains! My favorite pastime is rock climbing and playing my violin. My life goals are to become a teacher and to be outside as much as I can. 


Our Spring Field Instructors! 

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Hey there! My name is Melody, and I am originally from good 'ole Knoxville, Tennessee, amongst the grandfather Appalachians. I hurriedly moved West to the Rockies after a summer as a camp counselor here at the camp, and I have been exploring Colorado ever since. After a fall season at High Trails, I spent my time ski instructing, working for the Colorado Outward Bound School as a Logistics Coordinator, farming in Buena Vista, and mastering the art of Nordic skiing up on Tennessee Pass in Leadville. In the summer months, I am normally out trail running the beautiful singletrack that the Sawatch mountains offer, and in the winter, you can find me drinking coffee, reading and leaving the house with sticks on my feet to play in the snow! Overjoyed to be back home amongst the beloved 6,000 acres of High Trails.


I'm Emerson, born and raised in Charlotte, NC and received my degree in Environmental Science at the University of South Carolina. I love my home and alma mater but I’m always happy to spend some time out in Florissant in a place so different from the Carolinas. This is my second season instructing for High Trails and I can’t wait for all the goofball times to come. I enjoy walking, reading, listening to and playing music, educating young people, and being with people I love. If I can do those things outside that’s a win for the boy. Excited for another season at High Trails. 


I'm Logan, and I grew up in Valley Center, KS, a small town just north of Wichita. I graduated from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, KS, where I studied communication with a theatre emphasis. For fun I like to read, play games, sing, play tennis or frisbee golf, go bike riding, or just hang out and listen to music. This will be my first season as a field instructor, my first time coming to Colorado even, but I’m excited for new challenges and new adventures.


Hey, my name is Kevin! I am originally from Atlanta, GA and am a huge Falcons fan. I spent the winter skiing in Big Sky, Montana. What I like most about working at High Trails is getting to interact with kids in such a radically different environment than what they are used to. Fun Fact: I am unquestionably the biggest dog lover on staff.


Howdy Y’all! My name is Anne, and I am STOKED to be back teaching at High Trails. I originally hail from Atlanta, GA but have called the mountains home for the past six years. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Recreation Management focused on Youth Development. I am the Program Director for our summer camp and love spending my fall teaching in the outdoor education program. I love playing my guitar, chilling with my dog, and walking up mountains as much as possible. I am passionate about the out of doors and cannot wait to ignite that passion in the students at High Trails this fall. 


I'm Erin and I enjoyed my first summer at High Trails in 2015 as the arts and crafts programming coordinator. I am originally from the Midwest and moved to Colorado in 2017 to work at HTOEC. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a degree in Photography and have since pursued various jobs within education. I just spent the winter season working in Denver with public charter schools as a substitute teacher. I am really excited to be back in the woods teaching kids about the world we share!


Hey! My name is Josh, and I'm originally from the suburban jungle known as the Greater Boston Area. I received a BA in Outdoor Education from Johnson State College, a small school in northern Vermont. There I realized my passion for sharing the natural world with others, and creating a sense of stewardship for our world in young people. After graduating, I moved to Colorado and began a career in outdoor education. My passions are rock climbing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. I am psyched to start my second season with High Trails Outdoor Education Center!