Meet your GOALS leader - David Parker


David is an Elementary School Music Teacher in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. An avid outdoorsman, he grew up in New Hampshire and spent a great deal of his life hiking, canoeing, and camping in the forests, rivers, and lakes of New England. He also developed a love for whitewater as a rafting guide for a company in Northern Maine.

David was introduced to GOALS during his first year teaching in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2015. He was drawn to the program through the opportunity to be a facilitator of learning in the wilderness. He believes in the power of outdoor experience as a tool to help people of all ages gain confidence, self reliance, and critical thinking skills. The GOALS program lends itself directly to this pursuit and David is proud and excited to be able to provide this kind of opportunity to students.

Favorite parts of a river trip include: Sunrise coffee, floating and swimming, and scanning for wildlife.