Environmental Education Center

W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2158

altonjones@uri.edu401.874.8200 (p); 401.397.3293 (f)

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Field Teachers 2016-2017

Fiona is originally from upstate New York, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management from Cornell.  She has spent the past four years in various states teaching outdoor and environmental education to so many students that she’s lost count.  She loves science, finding tiny toads, and taking hikes through the woods.


Nate studied Environmental Science and Management at the University of Rhode Island and has been volunteering at Save the Bay for the past two years as a clean-up leader and docent.  His likes include cars, kayaking, playing in a band, teaching guitar lessons, and donuts.


Carolyn is also from upstate New York.  She recently graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in biology.  She loves animals, especially her Labrador Retriever Angus. The trails of Alton Jones are quickly becoming her favorite place in the whole world.


 Originally from South Windsor, CT, Xander has taught at Alton Jones for the past three school years.  He has degrees in Biology and Secondary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University.  He loves exploring the forest of Alton Jones, learning about all of the different types of trees!  It is said that Xander is the Lorax since he speaks for the trees!


Kathleen is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey and recently just served two separate AmeriCorps terms.  These AmeriCorps experiences lead her to continuing her love for outdoor/environmental education.  When she’s not out exploring the trails she can usually be found cuddled up with her 100lb black lab and some chai tea in hand.  Kathleen is also finally a mermaid after 17 years of training.  And she likes yoga, not yogurt; yoga.


Natalie currently lives in Rhode Island but grew up catching butterflies and identifying plants in South Florida.  She graduated with a degree in Biology/English and Science Education and loves kayaking, playing guitar and cooking Thai food!


Josh is a self-proclaimed nerd, a wanderer, and sometimes an athlete.  For the first 20 ish years of his life he lived as a typical suburban American which included graduating from SUNY Purchase with a BA in psychology then working direct care positions in mental health facilities.  After a few years in the mental health field he decided to start playing outside for a living.  He has been snowboard instructing in the winter, teaching outdoor or experiential education in spring and fall and teaching watersports and expeditionary learning programs in the summer.  His uncommon work life has sent him to a dozen states and his long term goal is to see them all.


Shay is from Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and the Environment.  She has spent the last year working as a wildlife technician on bird research projects through state Universities.  Past work includes: working with Eastern wild turkeys in the Southeast U.S. and with Ring-necked Pheasants in the Midwest.  She is thrilled to be here at W. Alton Jones sharing the wonders of the natural world with great field groups!

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