EarthWorks Learning Guides & Leadership Team Profiles

Our Guides

From Education to Ecology

EarthWorks learning guides develop and deliver quality wilderness education programs. Learn about our guides in the profiles below.

Joseph Dean


Program Manager & Experiential Learning Guide


Joseph is a recent graduate from The College at Brockport and Monroe Community College. He has been working with the Center for Youth for 3 years as a Crisis Intervention Prevention Educator. Joseph has recently become certified from Cornell University in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. From his early childhood, Joseph has shown passion for the wilderness, conservation and wilderness education. He worked for the NYS DEC, mentoring youth in wilderness survival and environmental education. He continues to put his passion into practice as an experiential learning guide. Joseph enjoys teaching skills related to shelter building, stalking, plant identification, tracking and camouflage.


Christina Das


Experiential Learning Guide


Christina is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. She has worked within the sphere of the US Forest Service in Vermont, the Pacific Northwest, California and Wyoming. Christina recently returned to Rochester, where she grew up, and is grateful to share skills she’s picked up along the way. She seeks to nurture a connection to her natural environment, which in turn plants the seed for lifelong environmental stewardship.

Christina believes wild spaces offer refuge from our daily lives and hopes to cultivate confidence in youth to feel comfortable in the outdoors. Her particular areas of interest include plant identification, folk medicine, fire building and navigation. In her free time, Christina enjoys gardening, traveling, stargazing, and trying new things.

David Rutherford forest guide

Keaton Jenkins


Experiential Learning Guide


Keaton is a graduate of the Rochester City School District’s East High School and became an entrepreneur in 2014 after co-founding Beat The Odd’s Clothing – a mission-driven retail company that encourages people to face and conquer adversity through clothing.


Keaton continues to serve the Rochester community as a Crisis Intervention Prevention Educator with The Center For Youth at RCSD #45.  He is an active member of the community who has conducted basketball tournaments and back-to-school fundraisers. Keaton continues to benefit youth in the Rochester community through wilderness education. Keaton empowers youth with his positive mindset and powerful resilience. He enjoys expanding his skills in wilderness education, spending quality time with family and playing sports.


                                                                  Sara Marsh 


Experiential Learning Guide


Sara is an Earth advocate who grew up in the Central New York region of Syracuse. She has devoted her advocacy to The Center For Youth and EarthWorks programs, while continuing to practice intimate and reciprocal relationships with the natural world. Sara earned a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego while living alongside the shores of Lake Ontario. Her collegiate focus was in English, Creative Writing and Ceramics. Sara looks to continuously build her skill set in wilderness teaching, and offers expertise in Certified Elemental Hoop Dance.  She claims a seat of leadership through instructing, and learning from, youth, which includes inner children present in adults.

  Gavin Davis


 Experiential Learning Guide


Gavin has been a member of the EarthWorks community for over 5 years. He began learning EarthWorks culture at age 14, and now serves as a highly effective learning guide. Gavin is a recent graduate from Brighton High School, and is attending SUNY Brockport. He hopes to achieve his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. Gavin continues to use his knowledge, skills and passion to motivate youth to achieve shared goals. In his spare time, Gavin continues to master the craft of outdoor survival, carving, whittling and friction fire making.