High 5 Adventure Learning Appoints New Executive Director



Brattleboro, VT – Thursday, January 11, 2024 – High 5 Adventure Learning Center, a leading organization in adventure education and experiential learning is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jennifer Ottinger as its new Executive Director and also celebrates the transition of Jim Grout to a new role as Founding Director.

As Executive Director, Jen leads a team of 29 employees, who are based in Brattleboro, VT, and work throughout the Northeast. Jen brings decades of hands-on experience, having spent 22 years with the organization in a wide variety of roles. Her proven track record, strategic vision, and commitment to experiential learning make her the perfect leader for High 5’s next phase of growth and impact on the diverse learning communities they serve.

In the words of Tom Skinner, High 5’s Board President, “We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Ottinger as the new Executive Director of High 5 Adventure Learning Center. Jen’s deep commitment to experiential education and her strategic vision and leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to guide High 5 into its next chapter.”

In addition to Jen’s appointment, High 5 Adventure Learning Center is pleased to announce that Jim Grout, the former Executive Director, is now serving as the Founding Director. Jim Grout played a pivotal role in establishing High 5 and has a deep understanding of the organization’s history and mission.

“I am thrilled to be continuing on at High 5 Adventure Learning Center as Founding Director,” said Jim Grout. “I am excited to continue supporting its mission alongside Jen and the dedicated team at High 5.”

Jen, Jim and the Leadership Team will steward the continued success and innovative spirit of the High 5 Adventure Learning Center. Their combined experience, passion for experiential education, and commitment to community engagement will undoubtedly contribute to the organization’s ongoing impact.

About High 5 Adventure Learning Center: Founded in 2000, High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting leadership skills, personal growth, and team development through adventure-based programming, and is known throughout the world for its impactful work. With a commitment to experiential education, High 5 offers a range of innovative programs for individuals, schools, organizations, and communities, and creates facilitation tools for educators and adventure-based practitioners. Learn more at www.high5adventure.org

For media inquiries, please contact Pam Nuovo, Communications Manager, High 5 Adventure Learning Center, pnuovo@high5adventure.org, 802.254.8718