Sam Goering aka Raspberry Hopscotch
Sam grew up in the Maryland suburbs, and developed a natural connection to the woods and tributary behind his house, letting his imagination run wild conjuring up fantasy stories and playing games with his friends. He received a B.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy and a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland-College Park. Realizing Maryland had a lack of snow, high peaks, and clear skies for stargazing, Sam moved to Colorado where he quickly fell in love with the myriad of outdoor beauty and access to nature (although he still misses access to the beach!).
Sam worked at Eco-Cycle, WoW Children’s Museum, and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless before getting his secondary teaching license from CU-Boulder. He taught Language Arts to 8th graders, and is proud to dedicate his life to serving others and giving back to community. He loves working with kids and is excited to see them learn about their natural environment while having fun in the outdoors! The beauty of nature is an aesthetic and protecting it is an ethic. When not at Wild Bear, Sam can be found traversing local mountains, playing saxophone in the ska-reggae band The Alcapones, or reading a good book and snuggling his cat Mushy Peas.