Meet the Kalamazoo Nature Center School/Community Educators
Peter J.F Stobie, CHI
269-381-1574 ext. 15
Pete Stobie is the Education Director at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Since 1996 “Mr. Pete” has brought enthusiasm and creativity into schools, libraries and other organizations all over Michigan. His brand of natural history interpretation has earned Mr. Pete the accolades of a Certified Heritage Interpreter and the 1998 Regional and 1999 National Outstanding New Interpreter as deemed by the National Association for Interpretation. Email Pete
Lead Interpretive Naturalist
269-381-1574 ext. 25
Dan Keto is the Lead Interpretive Naturalist at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. His fifteen years of experience at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and his thorough knowledge of various subjects in nature will provide you with a fun and a high caliber program. Dan’s experience and enthusiasm can be found exploring with visitors at the Kalamazoo Nature Center as well as visiting you at your place. The National Association for Interpretation recognized Dan’s excellence with both the 2011 Regional and National Master Front-line Interpreter Awards. Email Dan
Lead Environmental Educator
269-381-1574 Ext. 19
Elizabeth Rochow has been an educator with the School Program Department since 2006. She has enjoyed leading 1000’s of school children on field trips at the Interpretive Center and the DeLano Homestead. She has also been involved with programs for scouts, homeschoolers, and senior citizen groups. Elizabeth graduated with a degree in Biology, certification in secondary education and a Masters in Science Education. The National Association for Interpretation recognized Elizabeth’s excellence in 2011 with the regional Sandy McBeath Outstanding Part-time/Seasonal Interpreter Award and the National Outstanding New interpreter Award. When she is not leading children on a trail adventure, she can be found outside gardening, cross country skiing, biking or playing with her family. Email Elizabeth.
Richard is a University of Michigan graduate and served two years as an officer in the U. S. Army. He spent most of his career working for the Upjohn Company in Human Resources. He retired in November 1998 and started working in School Programs at KNC in March 1999.
His love of the out of doors began in childhood when he spent many summers at a YMCA summer camp in northern Michigan both as a camper and later as a counselor. He has camped, fished, and canoed in Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana and Ontario. He is a life member of Trout Unlimited and a former officer of the Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited.
He is married with three grown daughters and now has six grandchildren. He loves to teach children so he can pass on his knowledge and love of nature to future generations. Email Richard.
Judy started her career in environmental education in 1990 at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI. Always having a love of nature and children, it was a natural connection. After teaching 18 years at Chippewa Nature Center she moved to Kalamazoo and joined the Kalamazoo Nature Center educational staff. Judy not only teaches school groups but also scouts and adult programs.
When Judy is not at KNC she is at home tending her vegetable and flower gardens. As a member of Wild Ones, a native plant organization, she is promoting native plants in your gardens. However, most important in her life now is caring for her 3 young grandchildren and teaching them to care for our Earth and all its creatures. Email Judy
Angie is the most recent addition to the education staff. She is a recent graduate from Michigan State University, where she earned a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and Environmental Studies. She first became involved with the Kalamazoo Nature Center as a camp counselor in 2008, and has dabbled in work with the birds of prey since then. She looks forward to teaching kids about the outdoors as much as possible. In her free time you can find her reading, hiking, fishing, playing sports of all kinds, and spending time with friends outdoors. Email Angie