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.
Please meet our administrative staff:
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!