EarthWorks Learning Guides & Leadership Team Profiles

Our Guides

From Education to Ecology

EarthWorks programs are delivered by highly trained guides with over 20 years of experience in developing wilderness education programs. Learn more 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 in the Rochester City School District. Joseph has recently become certified from Cornell University in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and holds Wilderness First Aid Certification with Basic Life Support. From his early childhood, Joseph has shown passion for the wilderness, conservation and environmental education. In the summer of 2016, Joseph worked for the NYS DEC as a Naturalist Intern where he mentored youth in a variety of hands-on survival skills and interactive team building activities.  Currently, he continues to put his passion into practice as a Learning Guide for Earthworks. He enjoys leading workshops and sharpening his skills related to shelter building, stalking, plant identification, tracking and camouflage. During his free time, Joseph enjoys hunting, archery, wilderness hikes,  and staying active.


Christina Das


Experiential Learning Guide


Christina is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. Upon graduation she worked within the sphere of the US Forest Service in and around Vermont, the Pacific Northwest, California and Wyoming.  Here she gained insight into public land management all the while enjoying beautiful country. 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, and ultimately to foster a love for the great 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, back-to-school fundraisers and continues to benefit youth in the Rochester community through experiential education programs offered through EarthWorks. Keaton continues motivating youth with his positive mindset and powerful resilience. In addition to his great passion for youth development, Keaton enjoys expanding his skill set in wilderness education, spending quality time with family, traveling, clothing design, and 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 brings her recreational background of Certified Elemental Hoop Dance to our EarthWorks team. 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, as he began learning the culture in his teen years. He has worked his way from student to becoming a highly effective learning guide. Gavin is a recent graduate from Brighton High School, and he will be attending SUNY Brockport in hopes of achieving his Bachelor’s 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.