2022 Nature Summer Camp Staff
Jeff Mazur, (he/him) Co-Director
Jeff is answering the call of the wild – to inspire others to be better stewards of our planet through helping children and adults more deeply connect to the natural world. This is Jeff’s third year as camp director and at the Hitchcock Center. During the school year, Jeff teaches our Homeschool II Program, Nature Play Afterschool Program, and teaches to classes that visit the Hitchcock Center on field trips.
Prior to joining the Hitchcock Center, Jeff worked for Mass Audubon as a teacher/naturalist at Drumlin Farm, Arcadia and Habitat Sanctuaries and created his own afterschool program called “Into the Woods” for the Lexington Montessori School. Jeff brings to his teaching a deep-felt gratitude for the earth, an innate and also continuously growing ability to experientially engage others in the wonders of nature, and his own wellspring of curiosity and delight at the surprises that unfold around us each day. When not at the Hitchcock Center, Jeff can be found in the woods keeping a keen lookout for mushrooms, swimming at Puffer’s Pond, biking or tending his garden.
Aemelia Thompson, (she/her) Co-Director
Aemelia is excited to return for another summer of outdoors fun at the Hitchcock Center Nature Camp. Aemelia graduated from Hampshire College with a license in early childhood education and now works as a full time educator at the Hitchcock Center. When not at work she spends most of her time outside with her dogs, Bean and Eko, who share her love of getting dirty and working hard. In all weather they spend their days running, hiking, swimming, and seeking out the lessons and therapeutic effects of nature. She’s looking forward to having a wonderful time with all the campers and all the flora and fauna they come across!
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LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP
Colleen Kelley, Education Director
We are very lucky to have Colleen assisting us with camp this summer. Colleen is going on 34 years of being part of the Hitchcock Center staff, and has worked on just about everything here, from camp to school residencies to homeschool to afterschool to her all-time favorite program, Nature Discovery Preschool! All that experience has led to her current role as Education Director, in which she provides leadership and support for the education staff, Hitchcock’s Living Building project, professional development programs, college interns and loads more. In her spare time Colleen loves to get moving outdoors, from swimming to running to cycling to hiking!