Sunday, September 8, 2013

New Staff, New Season

This past week, we welcomed eleven new seasonal staff and two new interns to the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Melinda Brooks led this season's staff training, taking staff out camping, canoeing, and caving. Returning staff included Sophie Roblin, Sara Dorsey, Jeff DeBellis, and Kate Preston. New staff were Eric Winter, Ryan Stewart, Craig Hauptman, Paula Kaufman, Erin Lineberger, Brittany Smith, Katy Medley, and Eleanor Warner. We also say a sad goodbye to summer staff Dylan Harris, who will be leaving TMI to pursue a graduate degree in London. Patrick Dupre also returned from a summer spent biking and farming in Maine.

We're gearing up for our busy fall season, so expect updates as we work with a variety of schools, including Landon, Roland Park Country School, Shipley, Green Acres, Winston, and Gilman, among others. In the meantime, here are some photos from New Staff Training.

Canoe training on the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac

Kevin Stitzinger goes over stream sampling protocol
Day hike around the Monongahela National Forest
Building a debris shelter

Melinda Brooks teaches topographical features

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