The magic of Coastal Camp begins with our staff. Coastal Camp staff consists of four administrative members, twelve year-round environmental science educators and ten seasonal counselors. We maintain a 1:10 camper to adult ratio at all times and each group has one educator and one counselor. The educator and counselor act as a team, planning the day's activities and ensuring campers have the best experience possible.
Our educators are highly qualified and passionate about connecting youth to the natural world. During the school year, they are educators for NatureBridge's Environmental Science Program, working with K-12 school groups in our national park locations. Every educator is trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and has multiple years of teaching experience in formal or informal settings.
Our seasonal counselors bring youthful energy and previous experience working at camps or other informal education programs. Every counselor is trained in basic first aid and hold CPR and AED certifications. Each week our counselors lead the Camper's Choice activity featuring sports and recreation, arts and crafts, or music and movement.
Krayton Brox, Camp Director: Krayton is excited to take the helm as Coastal Camp Director. Krayton started at NatureBridge as an educator in 2016 and was the Coastal Camp Manager last summer. She has worked at camps and outdoor education centers in Maine, North Carolina and Southern California. Growing up attending day and residential camps inspired Krayton to get a degree in Education from Kansas State University and pursue a career in experiential education. Krayton enjoys helping kids engage with nature by balancing moments of free exploration and games with quiet observation and stories. Outside of work, Krayton loves to find a place to hang her hammock and read, listen to podcasts or rock climb (or maybe all three on a perfect day!)
Gunnar Sund, Camp Manager: Gunnar returns to Coastal Camp as the Camp Manager this summer. Gunnar taught Environmental Science in Southern California for the last year and has spent several summers teaching Environmental Science at YMCA camps in Minnesota. He is looking forward to promoting the joy of summer camp and hiking along the coast. Outside of camp, Gunnar enjoys photography and illustration; he hopes to incorporate both into camp this summer.
Carol-Anne Pugliese, Mentor Teacher: Carol-Anne has been with NatureBridge since 2014 and has worked at three of our national park campuses! This will be her third summer at Coastal Camp, and she is excited to share the beauty and wonder of the natural world with young people. Carol-Anne developed her interest in the outdoors from attending a 4H camp in her childhood, which motivates her to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through camp! Outside of NatureBridge, you can find her sipping on espresso infused beverages, hiking secret gems of Marin, trying to find the best ice cream in the Bay Area or salsa dancing.
Deeps Dathatri, Mentor Teacher: Deeps is very excited to join the Coastal Camp team this summer. Deeps started working for NatureBridge in 2004. He worked at NatureBridge’s Yosemite campus as an educator and site manager for 9 years, left for a few years to get a Masters degree and travel the world and then did some social justice work in San Jose. For the past two years, Deeps has been the Mentor Teacher at NatureBridge’s Golden Gate campus and helps take care of the campus labs. Deeps loves being in the Headlands during the summer, surrounded by amazing birds, wildlife, and incredibly fun and passionate Coastal Camp staff!
Wyatt Moore, Operations Manager: Wyatt returns this summer as the Operations Manager. For the last 3 years he has been an environmental science educator, Coastal Camp educator, and summer kitchen staff. He is excited to support the day to day fun of camp and watch the pelicans dive into the lagoon!
Abby: Abby is super excited to be joining the Coastal Camp staff for the summer. As a multi-campus educator, she works at NatureBridge’s Prince William Forest Park campus during the school year. Abby has worked at camps and in the outdoor environmental education field in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Virginia. Outside of camp, Abby enjoys hiking, swimming and singing around a campfire.
Emily: Emily grew up exploring the hills and beaches of Marin County. After spending summers attending and volunteering at Girl Scout camp Emily decided to study Environmental Education at UC Davis. Being able to work with students year-round and getting to explore the Marin Headlands are Emily's favorite things about working at Nature Bridge and Coastal Camp. On the weekends you might find her playing soccer, running, reading or relaxing on the beach!
Chris: This is Chris’ fourth summer with Coastal Camp! He loves to teach about stewardship and the importance of taking care of our natural spaces. His favorite spot in the Headlands is Tennessee Point, because of its wonderful views and sunsets. After Coastal Camp, Chris plans to finish up his college education. On the weekends you'll find him relaxing in the sun, reading a book or doing yoga.
Morgan: Morgan attended Cal Poly where she earned a degree in Biological Science while simultaneously working at a Reggio Emilia preschool. Morgan combined her passion for environmental science and kids by working in environmental education. This past year she has been at the University of Washington in a unique Master of Education program whose teaching residency takes place at an outdoor school. She hopes to continue working towards making outdoor education experiences meaningful and accessible for all.
Talia: Talia completed a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Health from The College of William & Mary. As a multi-campus educator, Talia works at NatureBridge’s Prince William Forest campus during the school year. She has worked in farm-based education, and founded an organization to bring environmental education into Northern Virginia schools. In her free time, Talia enjoys traveling, salsa dancing and rock climbing. Her favorite tree is the Sassafras because of its fun name and great root beer smell!
Maddy: Maddy grew up exploring the ponds and marshes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in Education and Geology. She has taught outdoor education in Massachusetts, Colorado, Virginia and California. In her free time, Maddy enjoys running slowly, knitting and eating ice cream. Maddy is super excited to explore the Marin Headlands with her campers this summer!
Hannah: Hannah grew up near Santa Cruz and has spent the past eight years hopping between California, Oregon and Washington! Hannah is currently pursuing her Master's of Education through the University of Washington and believes there is no greater gift you can give a child than to show them you are invested in who they are becoming and how they experience the world.
Patrick: Patrick is a graduate from the University of Connecticut. He spent time working as a special education teacher, outdoor education counselor and in Yellowstone National Park. He loves working with campers and students on teambuilding and group challenges. When he is not working he enjoys videos, sports and hanging out with friends.
Sarah: Sarah is so excited to be here at Coastal Camp for the first time! She grew up north of Baltimore and still remembers almost every detail of an environment education camp she attended in 5th grade. After graduating from American University, Sarah spent seven years teaching garden science and environmental literacy programs in DC public schools. She has also worked as a special education teacher and is a trained forest kindergarten teacher. Her favorite things to do with campers are rolling down ice plant hill and tracking pelicans with binoculars! Sarah loves taking her dog for runs, going to the farmer’s market and making giant fruit salads with all the goodies she finds.
Nick: Nick graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in Environmental and Outdoor Education. He has worked as the Assistant Director for Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center in Duluth and has worked as a Wilderness Therapy Instructor for New Vision Wilderness Therapy before joining the NatureBridge Team. Additionally, Nick enjoys surfing, skateboarding, climbing, bicycling and exploring the great outdoors.
Jen: Jen has been with NatureBridge since 2017 and in the field of Environmental Education since 2014. This will be her third summer at Coastal Camp and she is excited to share the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Jennifer grew up in Pacifica, playing in the waves and watching whales migrate. Outside of NatureBridge, you can find her sipping on hot beverages, taking care of her garden and hiking along the various trails of California.
Nate: Nate is stoked to be working in the beautiful Marin Headlands this summer. Nate was born and raised in Arizona and is very proud of it. He studies Environmental Science at Emory University and hopes to use his degree to help maintain and preserve the outdoors for all to enjoy. When not studying or working, Nate loves to hunt, fish, hike, watch baseball, read Mark Twain and spend time with friends.
Margie: Margie is from Chico and has loved exploring nature and adventuring with kiddos her whole life. She recently finished her first year at Humboldt State after taking a gap year between high school and college. During her gap year Marjorie worked as a student naturalist at Shady Creek Outdoor School in Nevada City where she taught 5th and 6th graders. Marjorie is excited to be at Coastal Camp for a second summer and can't wait to explore the outdoors with everyone.
Isaac: Isaac was born and raised in San Diego and grew up going on lots of camping trips and outdoor excursions with his family. Some of his favorite summer memories come from those trips. He is currently pursuing a degree in Ecosystem Management & Forestry from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Wildlife Conservation and Management. In his free time, Isaac enjoys backpacking, singing and listening to acapella music, and playing or watching soccer. Isaac looks forward to learning about Headlands wildlife and inspiring others to be stewards of the environment.
Kevin: Kevin is excited to join Coastal Camp for his first summer as a counselor. Kevin's background is in music education; he was a middle school music teacher for four years and then returned to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Music Education. He has a particular passion for teaching improvisatory music skills and hopes to share this with campers during the weekly Music & Movement Camper's Choice segment. In his free time, Kevin is an avid Crossfitter and rock climber.
Lily: Lily was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from George Washington High School and will be the first person in her family to attend college next year at UC Davis. She loves Coastal Camp’s values and the people that were brought together because of it. Her favorite spot in the Headlands is ice plant hill. After Coastal Camp, Lily’s plan is to get ready for college and carry on everything she has learned this summer. On the weekends, you’ll find her in San Francisco visiting her family.
Isabel: Isabel developed an interest in the outdoors at a young age through school programs and summer camps, and is excited to share her passion for the natural world with kids. Between semesters at school pursuing a second degree in Environmental Science, Isabel has worked as a backpacking guide and ski instructor. She is thrilled to be returning to Coastal Camp for her second summer! Outside of camp, Isabel enjoys exploring national parks, swimming and playing soccer.
Tea: Tea is a teacher, coach, mentor and nanny who loves working with youth in nature. She studied social work at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and taught at World House CSE for the past five years. She is working at Coastal Camp this summer with the intention to help care for and cultivate campers’ spirits and minds with nature fun, learning and joyful experiences.