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. Sarah has lived (and played) in Crested Butte, and guided backpacking trips for Overland and the Colorado Outward Bound School in Colorado, Alaska, and Europe. Sarah came out to High Trails to work her first season as a field instructor in the fall of 2013. After 6 seasons of trying to find her tree, Sarah is excited to be up here in Florissant year-round as High Trails' Director.


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

Hi friends! My name is Val and just recently moved from Kansas to Colorado. Although I'm sad to leave The Plains behind, I am beyond stoked to be working outdoor education at High Trails. I've been lucky enough to spend the past five summers at Sanborn, and I can't wait to spend the fall here as well. I've spent the past two years working in special education and I'm excited to gain more experience in different areas of education and teaching. I'm a big fan of sandals (#RUTO aka rolled-up, toes-out), unnecessary hashtagging, and karaoke whenever appropriate (#always).


My name is Maria Ashkin.  I was raised in the high mountain deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I am 25, and have degrees in fine art and botany from UCSC.  I exist in the fluidity between the arts and sciences which fuels my drive for outdoor discovery with my camera in one hand and a field guide in the other.  I love to travel, climb everything, and swim.  I feel passionately about working with children in the outdoors because I believe the impacts of experiential education extend far beyond the trail or outdoor classroom.  I hope to inspire an enthusiasm to observe, respect, and protect wild spaces through teaching about ecology and the interconnected world we inhabit and love.  I am overjoyed with the opportunity to work with your kids this spring!