High Trails Leadership Team
Patrick Perry is our Director at High Trails Outdoor Education Center. Patrick worked at HTOEC in 2004 as a field instructor where he got addicted to being an educator. He left High Trails to get his Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Colorado College. He taught in Harrison and Cherry Creek School Districts teaching 4th grade . Then he caught the travel bug and taught abroad at the American Community School of Athens in Greece. Along the way he also completed two month long National Outdoor Leadership School courses, Americorps, and three Ironman races. He is now back at HTOEC where he first fell in love with education. He is passionate about making sure students get real world experiences, and explore their natural curiosity.
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 5 seasons of trying to find her tree, Sarah is excited to be up here in Florissant year-round as High Trails' Assistant 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! My name is Nick Jordan and I’m from Fort Collins, CO! I grew up going to the mountains with my family and my neighbors and I am excited to have a chance to psych kids up for the outdoors this fall the same way I got psyched! I have lived outside the US twice in Germany and Egypt and received my Undergraduate degree in International Affairs from CU Boulder. I have done multiple seasons at High Trails, and have led courses for Outward Bound. I love adventure sports (rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking), wearing my adventure sandals, and eating pizza.
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!