"From our first day of caring for children on RLT, we have operated with the belief that the young people who come on our programs are no different than if they were our own.
- Jim and Donna Stein
As owners and directors, we have nurtured the growth, development and direction of The Road Less Traveled from the beginning. Our concern for each individual participant and our commitment to the RLT mission are evident as we both personally oversee each individual student and program.
JIM AND DONNA STEIN HAVE BEEN SEEKING ADVENTURE, PERFECTING WILDERNESS TRAVEL, AND TEACHING FOR WELL OVER 30 YEARS.
Jim discovered his lifelong commitment to education and leadership in the wilderness at an early age. When 15, he participated on Man and His Land, a nine-week wilderness experience with Nelson Wieters, founder, director, and pioneer of the first wilderness adventure program offered in the western United States. Jim led and directed expeditions for Nelson for nearly a decade. With his extensive experience, Jim is involved in all aspects of expedition safety, management, program design and training.
Donna’s love of the outdoors began while growing up in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age, during the turbulent ‘60’s, Donna escaped the hot summers of the city and found respite in the north woods of Michigan, where she discovered independence and solace in the outdoors. Donna gained extensive business experience in corporations and non-profit organizations. She manages all development, operations, marketing, and upholds the rigorous standards that support the mission, training, and policies of RLT.
Our children, Ben, Callie and Emma, are ardent explorers. Ben has traveled to more countries than either parent, Callie has chosen California as her home working for Square in San Francisco, and Emma is practicing the art of “mental health days” escaping to the woods of Michigan every chance she can. Nala, well - she's another story altogether. Truth be told, despite many adventures around the world, their favorite time of year is still the two weeks spent living with RLT leaders in the backwoods of Michigan during staff training each summer.