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Educator Spotlight: Oliver Dunn

Working with over 8,000 kids every year takes a village. We are happy to spotlight many of the community members, teachers, volunteers, staff, and guest speakers we work with each year.

Oliver Dunn, Colorado College Sophmore

Oliver is a guest speaker with the YES Club program at Catamount Institute, through Colorado College’s work-study program. Find out why he’s here and what environmental stewardship means to him!

Q: How long have you been with YES Club?

A: I just started this fall, so only a couple of months now.


Q: What do you do outside of YES Club?

A: I’m a student at Colorado college, so that takes up a lot of my time, but when I’m not studying I like to spend as much time outside as I can! I go hiking, backpacking, and climbing.


Q: Do you have any favorite places?

A: I’m really exploring wherever I can in Colorado right now. I’m originally from Washington and there’s just so much out here to see!


Q: Why do you teach YES Club?

A: I’m really passionate about the outdoors and science– I’m an environmental science major. Working for YES Club seemed like a great way to do what I’m passionate about for work. I also get to share the experience with others and teach kids why I love it.


Q: Have you worked in the outdoors before?

A: I spent a couple summers working for conservation organizations. This last summer I was leading a youth conservation crew in Tennessee. We spent six weeks building trails in the Tennessee region, and through that building life skills. I’ve also spent time as a camp counselor working with kids and having fun outside.


Q: What’s your favorite part of YES Club, or favorite activity?

A: I really enjoy the fish dissection. A lot of kids think its gross at first, but it’s really cool to see them get into it. They get their hands on these fish and get to see what’s going on on the inside.


Q: They get their hands dirty.

A: Dirty and smelly.


Q: If you could lead the best yes club field trip or lesson you could imagine, what would it be?

A: I feel like this might be a cop-out, but I would want to ask the kids to see what they’re interested in. Then as a group, we could come up with an awesome trip… I have no idea what that would look like, but it would be an exciting process.


Q: What do you want to do as a career?

A: I’m still figuring it out, but something related to environmental science. I want to work outside, and I want to do some good for the world.


Q: Why is learning about environmental stewardship important?

A: I think that a lot of times we talk about environmental issues as happening somewhere else—the ice caps are melting, or the polar bears are having… a rough time…—but I think it’s important to understand how we are affected right here in Colorado Springs. Getting hands-on and getting engaged in the surroundings is the best way to do that!

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