Paul Rappaport

RIDGE Ed Instructor

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Paul brings over 20 years of formal teaching experience to RIDGE, including middle school, high school, and college. Since moving to Montana, he has organized and guided countless outdoor educational adventures for the University of Montana, the Flathead Valley Community College, Road Scholar International, and Glacier Institute. An avid skier, cyclist, fly fisherman and backpacker, his hobbies include the study of mountain weather and snowpack. In the summer, he works as a field naturalist in Glacier National Park.

Paul earned a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono. His research involved glacial geology and marine paleoclimatology. His post-graduate work and related experiences travel the globe - and include Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, U.S. Rockies, the Cascades, and Canadian Rockies. Paul has helped decipher various deglacial chronologies in these regions that span 20,000 years.

  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR, AERIE Backcountry Medicine

  • AIARE Level 1 Instructor’s Training 

  • SAS Level 1 Certification, Silverton Avalanche School

  • NOLS Summer Instructor’s Course

  • M.S. Geology, University of Maine

  • B.A. Geology; BA Geography, University of Vermont

  • NOLS Wind River Wilderness/ Fly