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Meet the Camp Staff

Meet the Camp Staff

Junior Educators

Jack: Junior Educator

Hi! I’m Jack and I’m in 11th grade at Loy Norrix High School. This is my 2nd year working at the Nature Center, and was a camper for one year when I was really little. My favorite thing to do outside is play ultimate frisbee.


Lexi:Junior Educator

Hi! I’m Alexi, or Lexi and I’m a Junior Educator. I go to Loy Norrix and this is my first year working at KNC. Outside of camp I play ice hockey and draw and paint. I love to camp and hike and I’m really excited to join everyone at camp this year!


Cole “Rocky”: Junior Educator

I’m Cole but go by Rocky. I currently attend Kalamazoo Central High School, this is my 2nd year working at KNC but I never was a camper here. I did attend many camps before like Pretty Lake and Sherman Lake.. My favorite thing to do outside is to play hide and seek (it's the best game ever!). My favorite thing about camp would be the beautiful summer breeze and the lovely plants. I couldn't be anymore excited to come back to camp.


Ashton: Junior Educator

My name is Ashton, and I’m currently a junior at Parchment HS and plan either attending Western Michigan or Northern Michigan University after I graduate. I play volleyball and soccer for my school. I hope to be joining my schools first female golf team next year. I love photography and painting and am a huge sucker for dad jokes. I went to the KNC camp when I was younger for quite a few years and I absolutely loved it! My favorite thing to do outside is tied between hammocking and hiking.


Trisha: Junior Educator

Hi my name is Trisha and I currently attend Comstock High School. I have been to camp before, twice, when I was 8-9 years old and had so much fun! This is my third summer here as a Junior Educator and my favorite thing to do at camp is to hike and explore new things. I am very excited for camp this year and look forward to a great summer!


Sam: Junior Educator

Hi, my name is Sam. I have been schooled at home for the last 7 years and I live in the Plainwell area. I have fond memories of the 3 summers I attended KNC camp when I was younger. My favorite things when I was a camper were playing games and meeting new friends. Nowadays, hiking and observing wildlife are what I love best when I am outside.


Lilly: Junior Educator

My name is Lily and I will be a Junior Educator. This will be my first year working for at KNC and I am very excited! I love being outdoors and around kids. Outside of camp I love going to the beach and hiking in the woods. I will be attending Eastern Michigan University in the fall and plan to study environmental sciences. Can’t wait to spend the summer with KNC!


Sophie: Junior Educator

My name is Sophie and I am a Junior Educator. I will be a freshman at Kalamazoo Central High School and KAMSC. This will be my first summer working as an educator at the Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp. I had lots of fun working as a volunteer for all of the spring and summer 2017 camp season! I was also a camper at the KNC Camp for six years! My favorite thing to do outside is explore wildlife, and play fun, nature-related games. I love hiking, being on boats, horseback riding, and being around animals. One day, I want to be a Marine Biologist! The great thing about the KNC camp is that it allows for kids to explore nature, while also having fun. I am so excited for camp!


Mec’asia: Junior Educator

My name is Mec’asia and this is my first year working at KNC. I’m going to be a junior at Portage Northern next year, and I am super excited to be playing with you guys this summer--let’s do this !


Ethan: Junior Educator

Hi I’m Ethan and I go to Mattawan High School. I have Worked at KNC for one year. I have been a camper at KNC since I was in 2nd Grade. I love playing baseball outside and hiking. I love being outside at camp. I am beyond excited about camp.


Liv: Junior Educator

My name is Olivia, or Liv,  and I am a Junior Educator. I am a student at Kalamazoo Central High school. I have gone to Camp Wakeshma for 5 years. I love to interact and learn about animals along with hiking. I currently own two dogs and two chinchillas. I care for the chinchillas by myself and train them. I have extensive knowledge on wildlife and nature. I am thrilled for camp to start!


Gracie: Junior Educator

Hello, I am Gracie Monroe and I will be a Junior Educator for the first time this summer. I am going into 11th grade at Gull Lake High School. My favorite part of being outdoors is interacting with the plants and animals living there. I've been a camper at a couple of places previously, including the Nature Center, and I'm excited to help create an enjoyable experience for future campers. I look forward to working with everyone to make this summer great!


Ava: Junior Educator

I'm Ava, and I go to Loy Norrix High School. This is my first year counseling at KNC, and I couldn't be more psyched! I love the outdoors, and I especially enjoy rock climbing, kayaking, camping, reading in my hammock, and going to the beach. My favorite thing about camp is that we get to spend the whole day outside taking part in fun activities that wouldn't be possible at home. I can't wait to spend the summer at camp!


Brandon: Junior Educator

Hi All, I'm Brandon. I'm a junior at K Central, and excited to spend another summer at KNC. Last year was my first year as part of the staff here, but I've been coming for summer camp since 2nd grade. I love outside exploration, so being here this summer comes naturally for me! I look forward to another great summer here!

Senior Educator

Alexandra: Senior Educator

I am Alexandra and I am a senior counselor. I am going into my junior year at the University of Michigan, where I study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. This will be my second year at camp and I’m very excited to be back because camp is great! I’m looking forward to spending every day outside, teaching, and learning.


Marley: Senior Educator

My name is Marley and I'm a Senior Educator at KNC. I'm studying Environmental Studies and English at Albion College and I am super excited for camp! I looooove cats (all animals, really, but especially cats!) I like to read, ride my bike and go for a swim. I'm excited to meet everybody- we're going to have a great summer together!


Carly: Senior Educator

My name is Carly and I'm a Senior Educator at WMU studying Music Therapy, Comparative Religion, and American Sign Language. I'm looking forward to my third summer as a Senior Educator at the KNC! My favorite thing about camp is getting to be outside in nature all summer long!! And my favorite things to do outside include hammocking, camping/backpacking, and hiking. I am incredibly excited for another summer at the KNC!


Jarrett: Senior Educator

Hi I’m Jarrett and I am attending KVCC and studying Criminal Justice, but I hope to be going into the Navy. This will be my first time being a camp counselor! And I’m pumped up to be the coolest ( while be safe) one. It’s always been a dream to work for the KNC. My favorite thing about the KNC camps are how fun they are, and how much learning there will be.


Abbey: Senior Educator

My name is Abbey and I will be working as a Senior Educator at KNC this summer. I am currently attending Grand Valley State University and working towards my Bachelors of social work. Although this is my first year being an employee through KNC, I was a camper for around six years. I enjoy hiking and reading while I’m outdoors. My favorite thing about camp is experiencing the different habitats and having the ability to explore and learn about each one. I’m counting down the days until camp starts and can’t wait to explore with all of you!


Clayton: Senior Educator

Hi, my name is Clayton! I'm a Senior Educator and this is my second summer here at the KNC! I'm going into my junior year at Western Michigan University and I'm studying Environmental Sustainability and Freshwater science and sustainability! Unfortunately I never went to the Nature Center Camp when I was younger, or any camp in general. But I'm making up for lost time here at camp and loving every bit of it! While I'm outside, I love to try and see how many animals I can find, because you can find so many if you look hard enough! And that's what makes being at camp so awesome, I just love being outside in nature! I'm so excited for camp this summer, and I can't wait to see you!


Patty: Senior Educator

My name is Patty and I am a Senior Educator at KNC. This is my first year working at the KNC summer camp and I am super excited! I am a student at Kalamazoo college studying psychology. My favorite things to do outside are nap, hike, and birdwatch.


Hannah: Senior Educator

Hi there! My name is Hannah and I'm a Senior Educator at the Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp! This is my third year working with the Nature Center, and I've worked both summer and winter camp. I also attended camp here when I was a kid! I'm currently studying Elementary Education, English, and Teaching English as a Second Language at Grand Valley State University. My favorite things to do here at the Nature Center are go salamander catching and teaching new friends all sorts of cool things about nature! I'm so excited for camp this summer, and to get to know all of you!


Julia: Senior Educator

Hi I'm Julia, and this will be my first year working here at the Nature Center as a Senior Educator! I am a student at Michigan State University and will graduate next spring with a degree in Zoology. My family got a membership here at KNC as soon as I moved to Kalamazoo at age 5 and I have so many fond memories of exploring the trails and coming to the Maple Sugar Festival each year as a kid. I have 3 cats and 3 dogs at home, which sounds like a handful, but I like to think of it as zoo training! My favorite things to do outside are hiking, rollerblading, and playing frisbee. I am very excited to meet you and share my love of all things nature with you this summer! :)


Liv: Senior Educator

Hi I’m Liv and I am a student at Calvin College and studying Therapeutic Recreation, Psychology and Social Work. This is my first summer working for KNC as well as being in Kalamazoo (which is a pretty rad place). I was a summer camper back in my hometown of South Bend and loved it! I always had so much fun as a camper because I had access to so many different energizing activities. My favorite thing to do outside is explore. Ever since I was little I wanted to live by the woods so that I could climb trees, play pretend, and wander through the trees just like they did in Bridge to Terabithia. I am so excited for camp and ready to have a blast this summer!


Rebecka: Senior Educator

I’m Rebecka and I’ve just finished my freshman year at Michigan State University studying Environmental Biology, Zoology, and French. I love exploring outdoors whenever I can! This is my first year working at camp and I’m very excited to start!

Directors, Educators, & Coordinators

Kimmy: Adventure Camp Educator

My name’s Kimmy and I’m the Adventure Camp Educator at KNC this year. I’m currently a student at WMU studying recreation management and community engagement. As a kid, I loved playing sports, having fun, and being outside so camp was my favorite place to be. Not much has changed since then: now I hike, camp, do yoga, climb trees, and I’m just as excited as I was then for camp to finally start!


Benjamin: Camp Naturalist

My name is Benjamin, and I am very excited to be the Camp Naturalist this summer at KNC! I have recently graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Environmental Biology. In school, some of my favorite classes were botany, zoology and ornithology (the study of birds!) Because I enjoy plants and animals, some of my favorite things to do are hiking and camping. I am very excited for camp to start!


Emma: Arts Educator

Hi Everyone, my name is Emma and I am excited that I will be the Arts Educator this summer. I recently graduated this past year from Western Michigan University from the Art Education program. My emphasis was in photography, however I love using all different forms of media to create artwork. This will be my first summer at the camp. I have gone to camps as a kid and I have worked at other camps as well. Spending time at camp has always been the highlights of my summer. While at camp, I enjoy getting to create different projects in the art room and seeing what everyone else can create. My favorite things to do outside are hiking, hammocking, and getting to enjoy the wonderful weather. I am so excited for camp to start and getting to spend the summer with all of you.


Abril: Day Camp Coordinator

My name is Abril and I am the Day Camp Coordinator at KNC this summer. I am a student at the University of Michigan and I am studying Biology, Neuroscience, and Sociology. My favorite things to do outside are going on bike rides and playing tag. This is my first time working at KNC and I can't wait for camp to start!


Olivia: Program Director

Hi! My name is Olivia and I'm so excited to be back here for my 5th year at camp. Over my 4 years at KNC I have been both a senior and inclusive educator, special activities coordinator and the camp coordinator. I love being able to come back to camp every summer. When I'm not at camp, I'm usually working on school. I just graduated this May from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education, Language Arts, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. I will begin an entire year of student teaching with Kindergartners in the fall. When I'm not working or studying, I love hammocking or playing games outside with my siblings. I love grabbing a good book and finishing it in one day during the summer. I am so excited for this new camp season to begin and the opportunity to get to know so many new campers.  


Tasia: Assistant Camp Director

My name is Tasia and I am a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Environmental Science. Even though I grew up in Kalamazoo I did not have the opportunity to attend KNC when I was younger. However I did attend camp at Crystal Springs in Dowagiac, Michigan and a Camp in Pentwater, Michigan. The summers that I was able to attend camp were the best summers of my childhood. This will be my second year at KNC and I am ecstatic to be back! My favorite things to do at camp is to eat camper pies while sitting around a campfire listing to campers reminisce about the weeks activities because those are the moments they are going to remember forever. Aside from camp you can always find me outside taking a long walk without a phone in hand or earphones clogging my ears, observing the beautiful phenomenons we often forget about when we get caught up in the business of the world around us. I can’t wait to see what kinds of things unfold at camp this year, hope to see you soon!


Lauren: Camp Director

Greeting Earthlings! I’m Lauren, the Camp Director at KNC Camp!. Is it June yet? I have been living the camp life for 9 years, starting as day camp counselor in 2009. I’ve worked at camps all over too; Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and then back to Michigan. I have a Parks and Recreation degree from Michigan State University and just bleed green and white. In addition to all children I see each summer, I have two fur babies, Bert the Beagle and Ernee the Hound. I cannot tell you how excited I am to meet everyone and hope to see you soon!