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.
Our Leadership Team
Tina Rydgren, Director of Education & Operations
Joe Sebastiani, Site Director, Ashland
Matt Babbitt, Site Director, Abbott’s Mill
Michele Wales, Site Director, Coverdale
John Harrod, Site Director, DEEC
David Pragoff, School & Group Programs Team Leader
Annalie Mergenthaler, School Program Coordinator
Erynn DeGennaro, Seasonal Program and Summer Camp Coordinator
Mindy Brown, Farmyard & Summer Camp Coordinator, Coverdale Farm
Nora Childers, Lead Teacher Naturalist, Abbott’s Mill
Willa Rowan, Education Coordinator, DEEC
Alice Mohrman, Education Coordinator, Abbott’s Mill
Dakin Hewlett, Watershed Education Coordinator, DEEC
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.
Our interns are college graduates and undergraduates in the fields of environmental education, wildlife science, or other formal education, and love nature.