Our Bosque Backpackers program takes children out of the classroom and into the open air. While outdoors, they explore nature, learn about biology and animal habitats, build friendships and develop teamwork skills. For additional information please contact us.


Erin Earl

Erin Earl earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology from UC Santa Cruz. After college, Erin traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, India and Nepal - studying the service aspect of yoga (seva), trekking in the Himalayas, and enjoying the rich cultures across the continent. Erin went on to complete an M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. During this program, Erin was introduced to the practice and pedagogy of "Forest School" and was immediately inspired to work within this model. Erin began offering Tinkergarten classes in the Bosque for toddlers and their families just after her son Wilder was born.

Erin moved to Albuquerque six years ago to be with her now husband Christopher and stepson Elijah. Their son Wilder has attended Elevation for three years.


Endion Schichtel

Endion’s fierce environmental and community consciousness comes from being a student of the world. After earning her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Conservation from UNM, Endion worked for the Forest Service. Her education was enhanced by travels to New Zealand, where she was attracted by the country’s sustainable food-growing and conservation efforts. Once there, she worked for “Conscious Kids New Zealand,” an organization dedicated to leading children in unrestricted free play through the New Zealand bush.

Realizing that conservation problems were directly related to mistreatment of people, Endion became more politically aware as her life journey led to Southeast Asia, Australia, and back to the United States. With her focus on helping people, she gravitated to mentorship programs for refugees. In Albuquerque, she began mentoring families through Catholic Charities and teaching people about the outdoors through The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.    

Endion currently writes for the Cibola National Forest through The Wilderness Alliance and also serves as an Environmental Educator for the Albuquerque Water Authority.


Trevor Keegan

Bosque Backpackers, Mountaineers, and After-care teacher, Trevor Keegan, has a natural love of the outdoors. You may find him in the foothills hiking or trekking up the mountain. Trevor grew up in Albuquerque and enjoyed camping at Fourth of July Campground, among other places as a child.

Trevor earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State College. He shares his enthusiasm for science, a keen eye for drawing, and an ease of imaginative play with all the students of Elevation.