David Erbe

David Erbe

Lecturer in Recreation and Outdoor Education


B.S., University of Maryland, Environmental Science and Technology, 2014
M.A., Appalachian State University, College Student Development, 2016


Growing up in Maryland, I spent my childhood years in the woods and on rivers learning how to mountain bike and kayak. As soon as I was old enough to work, I got a job as a kayaking instructor at a local summer camp and volunteered at a non-profit organization teaching wounded warriors and veterans how to kayak. These experiences’ led me to get an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland where I spent 4 years guiding and instructing for the college outdoor program. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science, I attended Appalachian State University where I received a Masters Degree in College Student Development with a concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration. Along with my academics, I worked as a Graduate Assistant with the Outdoor Program assisting with multiple program areas and spending time teaching academic courses, developing students and adventuring in my free time. Following graduate school, I spent 4 seasons instructing for the Colorado Outward Bound School and 2 years teaching Adventure Sports Management at Garrett College. Moving permanently out to Colorado was always a dream of mine which has led me here to Gunnison to teach for the Recreation and Outdoor Education program.

How did you discover Western?

I first discovered Western when I drove through Gunnison on a climbing and biking road trip. I quickly realized how incredible the natural landscape and the outdoor community were and made it a goal to find my way here again.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

My career highlights include working for the Colorado Outward Bound School, working at 4 different college outdoor programs, hosting national conferences/events and mentoring future leaders in the field of outdoor education and recreation.

What most excites you about your field?

I am excited about the field of recreation and outdoor education because I strongly believe that unique, transformative adventure experiences can change a persons life. The Recreation and Outdoor Education program trains future outdoor leaders and provides them with the tools to have that positive impact on others.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

I love Gunnison Valley because their is a strong, active outdoor community and because their is an abundance of adventure activities in the surrounding region.