Outdoor Program Staff

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PETER GREEN is the director of the Catlin Gabel outdoor education program. He is an active mountain climber and photographer. Peter has been leading teenagers in wilderness activities for 35 years. He worked for Camp Nor'wester in the San Juan Islands for 14 years, as program director for four years in the 1980s. Peter led trips for Catlin Gabel in the early 1990s, as well as for Charles Wright Academy.

In 1993 Peter developed a youth climbing program for an Explorer Post in Portland. The program has become one of the the largest youth mountaineering programs in the country. He has led trips to many Northwest peaks, Alaska, the Canadian ranges, and New Zealand.

Peter is the former chair of the Oregon Outdoor Youth Program Advisory Board.

Peter graduated from Williams College with a degree in psychology and environmental studies. He received his master's degree in ecology from the University of California, Davis. He is an avid climber, hiker, skier, and photographer. He was born and raised in Portland, and lives with his wife, Mary.


RENEE JENKINSON is Catlin Gabel's outdoor program teacher. Born in Portland, Renee grew up in the western states and Hawaii. She loves games, costumes, and playing outside. She can be spotted skiing Mt Hood, surfing at the coast, and hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, or kayaking all over the west.   

 For 10 years Renee has travelled the world teaching Wilderness Medicine courses for NOLS. She spent five years running outdoor expeditions for teen girls in Hawaii, Montana, Washington, Alaska, and Scandinavia, has lead backpacking artist's residencies, taught high school biology, health, and anatomy in Hawaii, and ski patrolled on Mt. Hood. 

Renee is certified in EMT, Wilderness EMT, and swiftwater rescue, and is a trained single pitch instructor through the American Mountain Guide Association. She has a degree in public health from Portland State University.  


Assistant Leaders

ERIN GOODLING leads and assists for trips on a regular basis. She was born and raised in the Northwest and attended Catlin Gabel. Her great interests in the outdoors are surfing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking. 

Erin's specialty is working with groups in the wilderness. She brings a happy presence to the outing and excels at organizing group activities and being in tune with the students' needs.





DAVID ZONANA has long held an interest in the potential for growth and learning that adventure offers. What can we learn by putting ourselves in beautifully uncomfortable places? David started leading trips for the outdoor program in 2006, and has led students on mountaineering, rafting, backpacking, llama packing, rock climbing, and sea kayaking trips. Aside from all kinds of outdoor recreation, David has a passion for the outdoors through other angles, including photography and wildlife biology.


David earned his BA in biology and anthropology from Bowdoin College in Maine. He enjoys adventure travel and good people.





BOB SAUER is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. He has been backpacking and hiking for more than 40 years. He has backpacked extensively in the Sierras and Cascades. In Europe he has hiked hut to hut in the mountainous areas of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Poland.

During and after college, Bob worked many summers at Hidden Valley Camp, east of Everett, Washington. He was for many years the waterfront counselor, supervising and teaching sailing and canoeing. One year he was the counselor for the youngest boys and rallied the gang of 7-year-olds to successfully summit Mt. Pilchuck, an impressively steep ascent with a rewardingly commanding view from the top.

During his teaching career Bob has coached swimming and diving, and taken students skiing at Mt. Hood. His February Winterim trips have included a backpack trip in the Columbia River Gorge, white water rafting, and rock climbing and exploration around Bend.

Bob holds a BA in physics from Whitman College and teaches physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy at Catlin Gabel.



CHRIS POTTS loves to share his passion for the outdoors with students at any opportunity he gets. Chris started leading outdoor program trips in 2006 and has safely led students climbing, mountaineering, surfing, canyoneering, and caving from British Columbia to California, from the desert to the ocean.

Chris has also been the head varsity baseball coach at Catlin Gabel since 2006.

When not working with students, Chris writes screenplays, spends time with his family, and plans his own adventures in the mountains and surf.



SETH ROSENBLUM has been a professional rafting guide for six years, having worked in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. He has been an avid mountaineer and rock climber for 14 years, and has climbed in Canada and New Zealand as well as throughout the Northwest.

Seth assists the outdoor program on a contract basis. He is a native Oregonian and attended Catlin Gabel.