John Harnetiaux is the Director of Outdoor Education at Catlin Gabel School. He works with students in both the Middle and Upper Schools. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, John has over 15 years experience as a classroom and outdoor educator, and is excited to watch Catlin students develop their outdoor skills, empathy and self-awareness as leaders, and decision-making capabilities through outdoor trips and classes. 

Prior to coming to Catlin Gabel, John was the Associate Director of Campus Recreation/Outdoor Programs at Eastern Washington University just outside his hometown of Spokane, WA. He has also held variety of field-based and administrative roles at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He has worked as a backpacking and rock climbing instructor with NOLS since 2007 and served as the Operations Manager at the NOLS Pacific Northwest campus from 2009 to 2015. He has led numerous trips in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Yukon Territory, the Indian Himalayas, the Sonoran desert, and the Rocky Mountains. 

John is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor in rock climbing, a Wilderness First Responder (WFR),  a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator, and holds an Avalanche 1 professional level certification. No stranger to Oregon, John earned a B.A. in sociology and philosophy and played soccer at Willamette University in Salem, OR. He received his M.A. in Leadership and Organization Development from Saybrook University. 


Lindsay Babbitt is the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Catlin Gabel School. She works with students in both the Middle and Upper Schools.  Born in the east and raised in the Bay Area, Lindsay came to Portland from southern California, where she spent three years working as an outdoor instructor for Chadwick School, Crossroads School, Dunn School, and the Boojum Institute for Experiential Education. During the summer, she led high school trail crews with the Student Conservation Association in Vermont, Montana, California, and New Jersey.                                                

Lindsay graduated from Brown University with a degree in Literary Arts. There, she built a solid foundation in the outdoor education industry as a leader and mentor with Brown Outdoor Leadership Training. After graduating, she worked as a Resident Wilderness Educator at the Outdoor Academy, a semester school for high school sophomores in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. The Outdoor Academy is where Lindsay got her start in the outdoors as a student herself, and what initially exposed her to the power of experiential education and community building.

Outside of planning and leading trips, Lindsay enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and the banjo, dabbling in dance and yoga, cooking, and riding her bike.



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