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 1:8 camper to adult ratio at all times which works out to one educator and one counselor per trail group. 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, possesses a college degree, and has multiple years of teaching experience in formal or informal settings.
Our seasonal counselors bring youthful energy and previous experience working at camps and other informal education organizations. Every counselor is trained in basic first aid and hold CPR and AED certifications. Each week our counselors lead the Camper's Choice activity whether it's sports and recreation, arts and crafts, or music and movement.
Please meet our administrative staff:
Pete Demyanovich: Pete has been with NatureBridge and Coastal Camp since 2009. As the Camp Director, Pete is excited for Coastal Camp's 10th season and has been hard at work designing new and exciting camp offerings. Pete has worked at summer camps since the age of 16 and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Secondary Education. Pete enjoys exploring the Headlands and adventuring in the Sierra during his free time.
Lauryn Demyanovich: Lauryn returns to Coastal Camp as the Mentor Teacher. Lauryn has been with NatureBridge since 2007 and has worked at the Yosemite and Golden Gate campus. Lauryn created and led Coastal Camp's Kinder Camp program and has garnered experience from multiple outdoor schools, preschool classrooms, and lots of adventures! She studied Education and Art at California State University Monterey Bay, is trained in yoga instruction for children, and holds a Child Development Master Teacher permit. Lauryn enjoys arts and crafts, hiking, cuddling with her pets, and sharing her love of nature with children (and everyone else!).
Casen Splain: Casen joins us for her second summer at Coastal Camp as our Coastal Camp Operations Coordinator. After graduating from UC Berkeley where she played competitive rugby, she spent a year living in Turkey and teaching English. Now that she returned stateside, she enjoys hiking around Mt. Tamalpais, being a volunteer fire fighter in Stinson Beach, and curling up on the sofa with some knitting.
Ben Steele: This is Ben's first summer as our Coastal Camp Manager but his fourth summer with Coastal Camp. Ben began as a counselor and then worked as an educator the past few summers. Ben grew up in Illinois and attended college in North Carolina before moving to California. After working in outdoor education in Southern California for two years, Ben made his way to the Bay Area to continue to inspire children to love the outdoors just like he does. Ben enjoys spending his free time walking his dog, camping, watching the Cubs, and playing games with his friends.