Birding at Middle Run by Derek Stoner

Safety-Certified 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.

Our Leadership Team

Tina Rydgren
Tina Rydgren, Director of Education & Operations

Joe Sebastiani
Joe Sebastiani, Site Director, Ashland

Matt Babbitt
Matt Babbitt, Site Director, Abbott’s Mill

Michele Wales
Michele Wales, Site Director, Coverdale

John Harrod
John Harrod, Site Director, DEEC

David Pragoff
David Pragoff, School & Group Programs Team Leader

Annalie Mallon
Annalie Mergenthaler, School Program Coordinator

Erynn DeGennaro
Erynn DeGennaro, Seasonal Program and Summer Camp Coordinator

Mindy Brown
Mindy Brown, Farmyard & Summer Camp Coordinator, Coverdale Farm

Nora Childers
Nora Childers, Lead Teacher Naturalist, Abbott’s Mill

Nora Childers
Willa Rowan, Education Coordinator, DEEC

Alice Mohrman
Alice Mohrman, Education Coordinator, Abbott’s Mill

Dakin Hewlett
Dakin Hewlett, Watershed Education Coordinator, DEEC


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