Birding at Middle Run by Derek Stoner

Meet 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. We take COVID safety seriously. Learn about our policies.

Our Leadership Team

Tina Rydgren

Tina Rydgren, Director of Education & Operations

Joe Sebastiani

Joe Sebastiani, Director of Adult Engagement

Matt Babbitt

Matt Babbitt, Site Director, Abbott’s Mill

Michele Wales

Michele Wales, Site Director, Coverdale

John Harrod

John Harrod, Director of Outreach

David Pragoff

David Pragoff, Associate Director of School & Group Programs

Erynn DeGennaro

Erynn DeGennaro, Associate Director of Summer & Youth Programs

Mindy Brown

Mindy Brown, Farmyard & Summer Camp Coordinator, Coverdale Farm

Jackie Ng

Jackie Ng, Youth Development Coordinator, DEEC

Ashley Dussault

Ashley Dussault, Education Coordinator, DEEC

Nora Childers

Nora Childers, Lead Teacher Naturalist, Abbott’s Mill


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.

Join our Education Team

Our Interns

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

Become an Intern