Youth Programs Staff

We hire enthusiastic science educators who love working with children in the outdoors! Each staff person must pass a background check as well as have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our youth program team is trained not only in safely managing groups in the outdoors, but in how to engage children in both fun and meaningful field science learning experiences.  Staff are typically hired after already having experience as teachers and guides for youth in a variety of camps, schools or non-profit organizations.

Meet our Summer 2022 Instructor Team Below!

Often we need contract instructors or substitutes throughout the year, email if interested.

Leah Hume
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
Degree(s): B.A. Outdoor Education with and emphasis in Outdoor Leadership
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to teleport so I can go anywhere in the world for a weekend trip.
Favorite Animal: Mountain Lion
Favorite Insect: Bees (even though I’m allergic)
Favorite Plant: Paper birch tree
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Carmel cashew milk ice cream
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my three dogs around the valley, backyard campfires, painting, camping, stand up paddle boarding, and skiing in the winter
How many summers with RMBL? 1

Erin  Slaughter
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degree(s): Bachelors in Secondary Education and Business Administration, minors in English and Environmental Science (Alma College, MI). Currently working on Masters of Education in Environmental Education (Slippery Rock University, PA).
Superhero Power: I would like to be able to fly because I love to travel and because it would be amazing to see the world from a bird’s eye view.
Favorite Animal: Peregrine Falcon
Favorite Insect: Firefly
Favorite Plant: All the wildflowers but especially Fleabane, Lupine, and Indian Paintbrush
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Brownie Fudge
Commonly Seen: Hiking with my husband, Jason; taking pictures of flowers; playing with my dog, Zelda; reading and hammocking!
How many summers with RMBL? 5

Jason Slaughter
Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Degree(s): B.A. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Culturally Linguistic Diversity
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be?  My superhero tool would be Thor’s Stormbreaker (if I’m worthy).  I could use the bifrost to teleport wherever, which is great for travel, and because I’m a huge Avengers fan.
Favorite Animal: American Bison
Favorite Insect: Dragonfly
Favorite Plant: Quaking Aspen
Favorite Ice: Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream!
Commonly Seen: Hiking to mountain peaks, camping, fishing, running, and doing workouts for wrestling
How many summers with RMBL?  4


Katie Lawn (Youth Programs Coordinator)
 Hometown: Lake Villa, Illinois
Degree(s) or Area(s) of Expertise: B.S. in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education
If you could have a superhero power or superhero tool, what would it be? I would like to be able to have gills to breathe underwater.   
Favorite Animal: Bison and salamanders
Favorite Insect: Caddisflies, especially those that build their own cases!
Favorite Plant: Sassafras trees
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food
Commonly Seen: Skiing, hanging out on water, adventuring with my pup, relaxing in hot springs and making friends wait for me on hikes while taking pictures of wildflowers and other treasures.
How many summers have you spent with RMBL? 4

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