Leadership

 

Nature Camps’ leadership team is the core of our administrative staff. They are responsible for the planning, implementing, as well as teaching. Their commitment to Nature Camps’ values and philosophies, as well as to education and the environment, sets the standard for the entire Nature Camps community.

Don Webb

Founder and Director

Don is a lifelong naturalist, outdoor educator, and psychotherapist, focusing on the unique growth and development of everyone. In 1974, Don founded Nature Camps, Inc. (formerly Don Webb Nature Camp or DWNC). Don's Quaker background, his love for nature, and his deep regard for children of all learning styles have led to the creation of nurturing and joyful learning environments for children and families from Vermont to Maryland.

​Don holds Master degrees from Antioch University New England: MA, Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT); MA, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). He is a graduate of Rutgers University, The New York Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, and The New York Focusing Institute.

Don was in VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in Norfolk, VA; later working as an Appalachian Volunteer - Community Organizer and as a Teaching Principal in a one-room schoolhouse in Eastern Appalachia (Kentucky). He taught on the elementary, secondary, and college levels for forty-eight years. Don founded Whispering Oaks School, Inc. a one-room country schoolhouse in White Hall, Maryland. Locally, he taught at the Gilman School, The Jemicy School, Whispering Oaks, Inc. and Havre de Grace High School.

​Don serves on the Board of Directors for Spoutwood Farm Center, currently as Chairman. He has previously served on the regional and national Board of Directors for the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). He is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a Certified Focusing Psychotherapist.

Jen Goff

Administrative Director

Jen has been part of the Nature Camps' family since 1999. She is looking forward to time at Nature Camps this summer with her little ones who are finally old enough to participate as Campers.

As a former middle school and high school teacher of Biology and Environmental Science, Jen has the pleasure of being home with her twins, Abbey and Andy. Although her hiking, backpacking, and kayaking interests have been put on temporary hold, she and her husband are having a wonderful time traveling and sharing the joys of nature and farm life with their children. They spend their days playing outside, swimming or skiing, gardening, and exploring their creek, meadow, and woodland.

When Jen gets a break from the twins, she volunteers on the executive board for the Lancaster County Mothers of Multiples Club.

Meg Hamilton

Managing Director

Meg is thrilled to be returning for another season at Nature Camps, where she has spent many summers as a teen, counselor and Director.  After receiving a Master’s degree in teaching from Towson University, Meg taught at Garrison Forest School. She served as Education Director at Spoutwood Farm Center,  gaining further experience in experiential education.

 

Meg recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration at Loyola University Maryland. She is looking forward to applying her new leadership skills and experience at Nature Camps. When not frolicking in the woods or raising small humans (Penny, 6 and Charley, 3) Meg can be found teaching English to teenage-sized humans at Hereford High School.

Mark Montagna

Parent Volunteer

Mark Montagna has been helping around Nature Camps for five years, working on various projects in the woods and around the Office.

Mark and his family, Amy, Mays, and Minna hail from near Nature Camps but now reside in Sarasota, Florida. Master crayfish catcher, Master fairy house builder, and marshmallow roaster extraordinaire, Mark is always eager for fun and fellowship with the NC family.

David Heroy

Counselor Development Director

As a kid, David spent 9 summers at Nature Camps while growing up in Baltimore. He now teaches Environmental Science and Outdoor Leadership at Headwaters in Austin, TX. David wanted to be a professor for many years, and did international research, but ultimately found his true calling in teaching and being with the youth. After Nature Camps, David attended NOLS, Outward Bound, and has led backpacking trips in California. David earned his BA from Colgate, MS from William and Mary, and PhD from Rice. After graduate school, he founded Blackwood Nature Camp in Hempstead, Texas, which received a national award and has taught in Austin at Parkside Montessori and Lee College in Baytown, TX. In 2003, David met a beautiful architect at a swing dance class, and they got married and now have two girls, Cleo and Marion, who've spend the last two summers with him at Nature Camps.

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Camp Address:

17433 Big Falls Rd

Monkton, MD 21111

(No Mail Service)

 

Mailing Address:

Nature Camps, Inc., P.O. Box 418

Manheim, PA 17545

Email: naturecampsinc@gmail.com

Camp: 410-343-0223

(summer only)

Don Webb, director: 410-935-1545

(year round)

I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir