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BookTrails combats childhood illiteracy by teaching reading and writing skills through outdoor adventures and experiences. Reading on Ranches Camp takes students away from the confines of the classroom and into the wilderness to read, imagine, and pretend they're a character in a favorite book.

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Annmarie Blodgett, Administrative Director
Start Date: 2018

Annmarie was born and raised on the coast of Maine. After graduating high school she went off to Rhode Island to attend Providence College. There she studied Health Policy and Public and Community Service, graduating with a Bachelors of Science. Since graduating college Annmarie has served several terms with AmeriCorps. Her experiences range from serving as a VISTA at a school-based health clinic and community health clinic, working on a trail crew in southwestern Colorado, and currently as a School-Based Mentor at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Annmarie has also worked as a Summer Reading Coach at a charter school in Maine. In her free time Annmarie enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, biking, camping, and reading in her hammock. A summer in Steamboat seems like the perfect setting to do all of these activities she loves so much. Annmarie is very much looking forward to working for BookTrails this summer to continue following her passion of working with kids, reading, and the great outdoors!

Emily Osterman, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2011

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. Wanting the opportunity to work with children, Emily started as an intern for Thorne Ecological Institute ( before being hired as a teacher at Thorne Natural Science School. While at Thorne, Emily found her passion for teaching environmental education to children.

Before founding BookTrails, Emily held the position as Outreach Development Coordinator at INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, a research institute of CU. At INSTAAR, Emily created an outreach program for biology professor Tim Seastedt that included developing and directing field trips for elementary-aged students to a remote research site. She also developed middle school science curriculum at Manhattan Middle School to teach students about CU biology research and the importance of a college education. Emily's experiences at INSTAAR encouraged her to found BookTrails, an organization that provides both reading and science enrichment for students.

Emily's past research includes an independent study as requirement for the School of International Training (SIT in Argentina, The Impacts of Ecotourism on the Patagonic Community of San Martin de los Andes. She wrote her undergraduate thesis for Whitman College ( titled, The Impacts of Losing a Forest: A Case Study of Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Emily is an avid outdoorswoman and loves to explore the Colorado backcountry. She enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling. She has extensive traveling experience in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She also loves to cook and spend time with her golden retriever, Eddy. Her family owns Off the Beaten Path bookstore in downtown Steamboat Springs. Off the Beaten Path is a supporter and partner of BookTrails.


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