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Teacher Naturalist teaching kids about nature sciences

Our Education Team

Our instructors, interns and education leadership staff are passionate, highly-trained experts.

Instructors, interns and education leadership staff go through intensive training in working with children and pedagogy, environmental education techniques, natural history, van driving safety, canoe and kayak safety, and outdoor safety. All are background-checked, have certifications in first aid and CPR and are excited to share outdoor experiences with you.

Director of Education (all sites)

Helen Fischel

Helen Fischel

Director of Education and Organizational Development

• 302.239.2334, x114

Helen Fischel joined Delaware Nature Society’s Education Department in 1980. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and an MS in Education from Widener University. Helen oversees the Education Department staff at all sites (Ashland Nature Center, Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Coverdale Farm Preserve, and DuPont Environmental Education Center) and coordinates the 21 credits worth of classes through the University of Delaware.

Education Leadership Staff

Our Instructors

Our instructors are Delaware Nature Society staff and teacher naturalists – all are trained professionals and experts in the outdoors and education and are excited to share outdoor experiences with you.
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Our Interns

Our interns are college graduates and undergraduates in the fields of environmental education, wildlife science, or other formal education, and love nature.
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Ashland Nature Center

Joe Sebastiani

Ashland Nature Center Manager

• 302.239.2334, x115

Joe Sebastiani has worked for Delaware Nature Society since 1998. As a native of Kennett Square, PA, Joe attended Penn State University, where he earned a degree in Environmental Resource Management and Wildlife Science. He also has a master’s degree in Education from West Chester University.

Courtney McKinley

Seasonal Program Team Leader

• 302.239.2334, x106

Courtney developed her passion for the outdoors as a young child, playing and exploring in the woods of Pennsylvania. This early love of nature grew into a desire to study and protect it and share this love with others. She has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Delaware.

Judy Montgomery

Family and Children's Program Coordinator

• 302.239.2334, x127

Judy Montgomery has an Elementary Education degree and was a classroom teacher for 10 years before coming to Delaware Nature Society. She now leads farm, school, seasonal programs and has created exciting summer camps such as Wizards and Lizards, Island Adventures, Tough Mudder Nature, & Camp Perseid.

Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Matt Babbitt

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center Manager

• 302.422.0847, x102

Matt Babbitt is from outside Richmond, VA, and studied Outdoor Education and Communications at Longwood University, in Farmville, VA. Matt has worked as an Environmental/Outdoor Educator across the U.S.. Matt enjoys sharing his love of nature. He is a fisherman, enjoys playing guitar, makes a mean tomatillo chili, and loves to paddle.

Alice Mohrman

Abbott's Mill Education Coordinator

• 302.422.0847, x100

Alice Mohrman has been an Environmental Educator since 1986 and has explored East Coast coastal communities with students of all ages. She worked with the Seaford School District establishing Certified Wildlife Habitat Schoolyard Rain Gardens and providing an experiential curriculum to support Nanticoke River watershed.

Nora Childers

Lead Teacher Naturalist

• 302.222.6149

Nora Childers graduated from Delaware State College with a BS degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and has worked as a Teacher Naturalist at Abbott's Mill Nature Center since 2000. She is also an avid knitter and enjoys doing Calculus problems just for fun.

DuPont Environmental Education Center

John Harrod

DuPont Environmental Education Center Manager

• 302.656.1490, x156

John Harrod has worked for Delaware Nature Society since 2004. He holds a master’s degree in public horticulture from the University of Delaware Longwood Graduate Program and a bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental horticulture from Texas A&M University. He enjoys hiking, photography, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits.

Lesley Bensinger

DuPont Environmental Education Center Education Coordinator

• 302.656.1490, x157

Lesley Bensinger is originally from Bethlehem, PA. She received an Ecology degree at Millersville University and a Masters Degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Lesley loves to teach aquatic ecology programs and has a soft spot for 'new-to-nature' students.

Coverdale Farm Preserve

Michele Wales

Coverdale Farm Preserve Manager

• 302.239.2334, x143

Michele Wales has a degree in Elementary Education and 15 years of organic farming and farm-based education experience. Michele has worked to connect people to the sources of their food as the Farm Program Coordinator for over a decade and now leads the farm into the future as the Coverdale Farm Preserve Manager.

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