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.

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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

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