Monday, April 28, 2014

Return of the Spring Staff

 The spring season has started up here at the Mountain Institute, and we are lucky enough to have lots of returning staff and one new residential instructor, Olivia Klein. Returning staff include Course Directors Jeff Debellis and Melinda Brooks, Kitchen Manager James Crawford, Education Coordinator Kellee Waddell, and instructors Sophie Roblin, Ryan Stewart, Michael Escol, and Craig Hauptman. Resident instructors are Olivia, Katy Medley, Sara Dorsey, Eric Winter, and Braja Smith.

Before we welcomed our first Spruce course, we got the opportunity as a staff to crawl through the Sinks, poke at salamander eggs, marvel at the explosion of ramps on the way up to Spruce, and shiver through a snow storm on the banks of Big Run. Soon we'll get the opportunity to share our knowledge about our lovely home with the bigger world. In the next couple of weeks, we'll be meeting up with students from Winston, Riverdale, JE Robbins, and other schools. It ought to be a lot of fun. In the meantime, take a look at a few our photos from staff training below.
 

Sophie tells Mel to get excited.
 
Getting some sun near Big Run after a forest history lesson.
 
Looking for the signs of the beaver.


Rappelling near the Lafe Elza trail.

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