EMILY KRALL OSTERMAN
Founder & Executive Director
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, an environmental non-profit that provides green solutions to businesses. She then worked as a teacher at Thorne Natural Science School, and as the Outreach Development Coordinator at INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research), a research institute of the University of Colorado. Emily took these experiences with her to Steamboat Springs. Her encounters working at her parents’ independent bookstore, Off the Beaten Path, along with her love for the outdoors and teaching, guided her to found BookTrails.
Emily is an avid outdoors-woman and loves to explore the Colorado backcountry and Taos, New Mexico. She enjoys skiing, rafting, hiking and traveling. She has extensive traveling experience in Latin America and the American West and is fluent in Spanish. She also loves to cook and spend time with her golden retriever and camp dog, June. Emily’s husband, Jordan, is also a big supporter of BookTrails and can often be found fixing things at camp! Emily and Jordan welcomed their son, Griffin, in January of 2018.
Intern Guide 2021
I was born and raised in Stevens Point, which is located directly in the center of Wisconsin. Point, and the Midwest as a whole, has always blessed me with many great outdoor resources. Fantastic trails, the Great Lakes, and state parks have always been available to me at my fingertips. Some of my favorite activities include mountain and road biking, swimming, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and hiking. When not joyously out in nature, you will most likely find me at the library. I currently study English with an emphasis on 19th Century and Modern American Literature, at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. After I graduate in the spring of 2022, I plan to finish my Women’s Studies minor as a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin. After completing my undergraduate education goals, I plan to achieve the biggest goal of all—and hike the entire Appalachian Trail! I am anticipating not only a great summer here in Steamboat, but am looking forward to uplifting and carrying out the mission of BookTrails every single day.
Outdoor Science Guide 2021
Dominique was born and raised in Austin, Texas. After graduating high school she went to college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies and Spanish. After college, Dominique moved to Colorado where she found her love of Rocky Mountain Ecology and working in Environmental Education. You will find Dominique reading, hiking, camping, eating ice cream, and finding new places to explore in her free time. Dominique is excited to join the BookTrails team and to spend another season in the Colorado Mountains.
Intern Guide 2021
Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Gretchen grew up exploring the outdoors. Whether swimming in the Atlantic or hiking in the Smoky Mountains, she loves to be outside taking in the wonders of mother nature. A rising junior at Wake Forest University, Gretchen is majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Anthropology and Dance. There she studies how different facets of the environment interact with one another and with human society. In her free time, Gretchen can be found hiking, reading all sorts of books (but especially fiction!), painting, birdwatching, or watching nature documentaries on Netflix, especially those narrated by David Attenburough! Gretchen loves working with kids and appreciates their endless energy and fresh outlook on life. She has found that kids often teach us as much about the world as we teach them. Gretchen is thrilled that she gets to spend her summer in the beautiful Rocky Mountains reading and working with kids – pretty much her dream job! She can’t wait to get started and have a summer she’ll never forget!
Intern Guide 2021
Hi I’m Meg! I am from Boston, MA originally but I go to school in the beautiful state of Maine. I’m going to be a senior this fall at Bates College and I am a politics major and an education minor. I love to camp and hike with my friends back on the East coast, and have also spent the last month of this spring exploring Montana! I am a huge fan of all kinds of bodies of water (frozen ones too) and seeing every sunrise and sunset I possibly can! After graduation I plan on working in education in some way and I am super pumped to spend the summer hanging out with and teaching kids in CO!
Outdoor Reading Guide 2021
Drea was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin but moved to Colorado in 2017 to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She graduated in May 2021 with a BA in Environmental Sociology and a BA in Economics. Over the years, Drea has had the opportunity to work in many areas of sustainability with a wide range of organizations. She has experience in alternative transportation, education for sustainability, clean energy solutions, and community based social marketing. Drea fell in love with the world of outdoor education during her time studying and working in Tasmania, Australia in 2019. She is beyond excited to work with the BookTrails team to inspire the next generation of students and leaders to be curious and caring about the world around them. Drea is an avid skier, climber, hiker, camper, biker, and general outdoors-person. She enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and playing cards when she’s not playing outside.
Teacher Summer 2019
I was born and raised in the Florida Keys on a 2X5 mile island named Key West. I grew up in the outdoors; from chasing the waves to surf up the east coast of Florida to giving kayak tours throughout my high school years. Apart from water-sports, my favorite activities include chasing sunsets, bike-riding, and hiking. I fell in love with hiking in the mountains during a surf expedition to Costa Rica, so getting to work for BookTrails in Steamboat is a dream come true. I am currently studying at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL for a major in International Relations and Global Affairs and minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. I have studied at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on global issues, as well as worked with the director of Eckerd’s service learning program on exploring environmental injustices throughout Pinellas County, FL. I am in Eckerd’s Peace Corps Prep Program, so after I graduate I plan to settle out west (maybe Colorado) for a short while and then join the Peace Corps.
Teacher Summer 2019
I spent my childhood traveling between Florida and Russia. My first true experience with the outdoors came when I was fourteen on a multi-day backpacking trip in the Southeastern part of Russia. From then on, I’ve loved sharing stories around campfires, climbing mountains, and experiencing nature with special people. I am a rising sophomore studying Biology and Psychology at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Education is important to me, and I believe the best way to learn is to encourage the creativity and curiosity within us all. I love to get out of the city and spend my free time exploring and repelling off of waterfalls. I am so excited to intern for BookTrails and am ready to learn and grow throughout this summer!
Teacher Summer 2019
Faith was born in Washington D.C. and was raised close by in Virginia. She currently attends the College of William and Mary, studying Environmental Science and Anthropology, where she also works as an outdoor trip leader and rock climbing guide. During the school year-if not reading- Faith can be found trail running, hiking, climbing, camping or kayaking in and around Shenandoah National Park. She was lured to Steamboat this summer after catching word of the town on a trip to Moab, Utah and fell in love with Book Trails and its mission. Faith is so excited to join the team this summer and know it will be one for the books!
Teacher Summer 2019
My name is Kaylee Dillon and I grew up in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. I currently go to school at West Virginia University, I am currently studying Environmental Soil and Water sciences and am extremely passionate at the environment and our beautiful planet. At school I am apart of the rail trail clean up, where we go around the hiking trails of West Virginia and pick up all the trash to keep our trails beautiful. I’ve always spent my free times outdoors, but my favorite thing to do is hiking. Getting lost in the trees or mountains is a feeling that can’t be compared to anything else. I love to do yoga and meditate. I am extremely passionate about spiritual and mental health and think that being outside is something that is essential to both of them. My other passion is books and poetry. I love books because it gives us the chance to visualize the words we read in our minds and every person interprets a book differently. I love children and look at myself as a young spirited person who loves to be goofy and have fun. Children are our future and I think it’s important to get them outside in nature, and being able to make them happy, makes me the happiest. When I graduate school this upcoming May, I plan to work as a hydrologist, which is a person who studies properties, distribution, and effects of water in our world.