Emily Krall Osterman, Founder and Director of BookTrails

     Emily graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Sociology.  A native of Steamboat Springs, she moved to Boulder after graduating from college to work at Natural Capitalism Solutions (http://natcapsolutions.org/), an environmental non-profit that provides green solutions to businesses. Wanting the opportunity to work with children, Emily started as an intern for Thorne Ecological Institute (http://www.thorne-eco.org/) before being hired as a teacher at Thorne Natural Science School. While at Thorne, Emily found her passion for teaching environmental education to children. 

     Before founding BookTrails, Emily held the position as Outreach Development Coordinator at INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research http://instaar.colorado.edu/), a research institute of CU.  At INSTAAR, Emily created an outreach program for biology professor Tim Seastedt that included developing and directing field trips for elementary-aged students to a remote research site.  She also developed middle school science curriculum at Manhattan Middle School to teach students about CU biology research and the importance of a college education.   Emily’s experiences at INSTAAR encouraged her to found BookTrails, an organization that provides both reading and science enrichment for students. 

     Emily’s past research includes an independent study as requirement for the School of International Training (SIT http://www.sit.edu/) in Argentina, The Impacts of Ecotourism on the Patagonic Community of San Martin de los Andes.  She wrote her undergraduate thesis for Whitman College (http://www.whitman.edu) titled, The Impacts of Losing a Forest: A Case Study of Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in Steamboat Springs, CO.

     Emily is an avid outdoorswoman and loves to explore the Colorado backcountry.  She enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling.  She has extensive traveling experience in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.  She also loves to cook and spend time with her golden retrievers, Eddy and June.  Emily's husband, Jordan, is also a big supporter of BookTrails and can often be found fixing things at camp!  Her family owns Off the Beaten Path bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs.  Off the Beaten Path is a supporter and partner of BookTrails. 

AnnMarie blodgett-- Assistant Director

Annmarie was born and raised on the coast of Maine.   After graduating high school she went off to Rhode Island to attend Providence College. There she studied Health Policy and Public and Community Service, graduating with a Bachelors of Science.  Since graduating college Annmarie has served several terms with AmeriCorps.   Her experiences range from serving as a VISTA at a school-based health clinic and community health clinic, working on a trail crew in southwestern Colorado, and currently as a School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School.   Annmarie has also worked as a Summer Reading Coach at a charter school in Maine.    In her free time Annmarie enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, biking, camping, and reading in her hammock.   A summer in Steamboat seems like the perfect setting to do all of these activities she loves so much.  Annmarie is very much looking forward to working for BookTrails this summer to continue following her passion of working with kids, reading, and the great outdoors!

fiona kane- Assistant Director

Hi, I'm Fiona! I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where I spent most of my childhood playing in the outdoors every moment I could. Although it was hard, I parted with Colorado for four years to study Sociology and Music at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After graduation and a backpacking trip through Indonesia and New Zealand, I returned home and made my way to Steamboat Springs, where I have happily existed for the past year. Since moving back, I have reconnected with my love for nature and love to spend my free time hiking, fishing, swimming, skiing, doing yoga, and reading in the sunshine! I am really looking forward to another beautiful summer in Steamboat Springs and can't wait to share my love for nature and reading with the BookTrails campers!

Andy Pryor- Lead Teacher


Hi! My name is Andy Pryor. My hobbies include fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing and playing various instruments. I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I have recently graduated with a degree in biology. I love being outside, exploring new places to hike and fish, and observing nature in general!


Olivia Wright- Teacher

Hi, I'm Olivia! I'm a rising junior at Colby College in Maine, studying Environmental Policy and Anthropology. I am a Steamboat native, but also grew up in Wyoming. My first teaching experience was in northern India, where I taught English to a class of young monks. Since then, I've worked as a mentor in local elementary schools through Colby. I love being outdoors - especially hiking, camping, and scuba diving! Last summer, I completed a solo trek across part of Scotland, in between volunteering on farms and learning about sustainable agriculture. I also love animals, reading, art, and traveling, and next year I'll be studying abroad in Cape Town! I'm very excited to return to Steamboat this summer and be a part of the BookTrails team!

Andrew arisso- teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Arisso, and I'm a staff intern for BookTrails this summer. I attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying Environmental science, and am originally from Milwaukee. I enjoy hiking/camping, anything related to music, and, evidently, reading! I believe strong literacy and environmental appreciation are more valuable than ever for youth, so I'm excited to share these passions with campers this summer!

Jake Sawyer- Teacher

Jake Sawyer is a student, hiker, and voracious reader from Mena, Arkansas. Jake is a sophomore at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, where he is studying English and Sustainable Agriculture. Outside of classes, Jake often spends his time wandering through the Ozark mountains, usually with book and walking stick in hand. His other pastimes include watching movies, writing for pleasure, and swimming in any available body of water, all of which he plans to draw on during this summer’s camps.