Environmental Leadership Staff and Instructors
DJ Owens loves Mo-Ranch and has since his first day at Mo in 2009. He is an Oklahoma transplant and is so glad that he gets to call Mo his home! DJ knows almost every inch of this property due to his widespread exposure to Mo-Ranch throughout the years as an outdoor education instructor and summer camp counselor.
DJ has worked at Mo for 8 years in our summer camp and 12 years in our outdoor education ministry departments and has extensive experience scheduling and organizing programs within these departments.
As the director of our outdoor education ministry, he enjoys being an ambassador and representation of Mo-Ranch; he truly loves Mo’s capability to amaze and change the lives of our guests.
“My vision for the Outdoor Education Department is to continue our focus on the personal growth and development of every guest that enters the front gate.”
DJ appreciates that his job allows him to put every ounce of his training and life skills into helping guests and co-workers obtain the best possible experience from their time spent here. DJ enjoys seeing the excitement of new and returning guests as they arrive on the ranch.
DJ loves to spend his free time with his wife Kinslee and their daughter Salem. They like to take day trips and vacations, go golfing or spend time with their dogs at home.
Stephen attended North Idaho College and received degrees in history and outdoor leadership. He is also a National Outdoor Leadership School, Australia alumni.
Previously, Stephen managed a zip line course in Indiana for two years and was certified as a white-water kayaking instructor in Idaho. Since he joined Mo in 2015, Stephen has worked as a lead counselor for our Teen Day Camp and as a field instructor for our environmental leadership program. He currently serves as a lead field instructor.
Stephen loves the sense of community at Mo and enjoys working with people from all different walks of life. He enjoys being able to share his love and passion for the outdoors with our visiting students.
“When students visit Mo-Ranch, they are able to escape their typical routines and explore and learn in a different, interactive setting. I thoroughly enjoy working with all of our various student groups and enabling them to see the world in a different light. They are truly able to leave after their outdoor education experience and apply their newfound knowledge and skill sets into their everyday lives.”
Stephen views Mo as his giant playground, and you can frequently see him hitting up the kayaks or hiking along the trails. He is a comic book, video game and movie fanatic, and he self-admittingly agrees that he probably owns more DVDs than the average human.
Matthew Weber has been at Mo-Ranch since his time as a camper in 2015. He then began working in the meeting services department in 2019. While working with meeting services, Matt found his passion for the waterfront and decided to include Mo in his future as a lead field instructor and head lifeguard. Prior to the skills he has gained through Mo-Ranch, Matthew has also been with the fire department for 2 years and has learned many skills such as swift water rescue and vehicle extraction. As a lead field instructor, he will be communicating with schools and helping kids try new things and grow each day. “I would say my favorite place out at Mo is the waterfront, I love seeing the joy it brings to the guests. I also enjoy leading our programs and watching them turn a bad day into a good day.”
The Environmental Leadership Program is staffed by a group of professional, caring adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Field Instructors go through a rigorous selection process that includes interviews, references, criminal background checks and a drug screening. All staff participate in an extensive training program that focuses on communication and teaching skills, child behavior management, age level expectations, risk management and child abuse prevention. Staff receive specialized training and/or certifications in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Ropes Course Facilitation, Canoeing and Archery.
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