2019 Staff

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 & Medical Coordinator

Meg Hamilton 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 for four years. She then 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 and is looking forward to applying her new leadership skills and experience at Nature Camps. This fall, Meg will begin a Doctor of Education degree at Johns Hopkins University.  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.

Alida Schott

Counselor, Explorer Coordinator

Alida Schott grew up at Nature Camps and is excited to return for a fourth summer on staff and second summer as the Explorer program coordinator.  She is a rising sophomore at UMBC and is studying physics and Spanish.  She looks forward to another summer of getting muddy, identifying ferns, and hiking with kids.  Nature Camps is the highlight of her summers, and she hopes to pass that enthusiasm on to new campers.

Molly Tunis

Counselor, Teen Adventure Coordinator

Molly Tunis is so excited to return to Nature Camps this summer for her sixteenth summer at NC and second summer as Teen Adventure coordinator! In the fall, Molly will begin her fourth year at Tufts University, where she majors in American Studies and minors in Studio Art. At Tufts, she is involved in student activism and cooperative living, and her puppy Clover also keeps her very busy. At Nature Camps, Molly loves nature crafts, singing silly songs, all-day (and all-week) hikes, and Funland. She can't wait for the summer to start!

Erin Beach

Counselor

Erin is psyched to be returning to Nature Camps for her 12th summer! She can't wait to be at home in the woods once again, going on awesome adventures with campers. Erin is graduating this spring from Washington College where she is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in Chinese, psychology, and sociology.

Jacob Hamidi

Counselor, Pool Director

Jacob Hamidi is thrilled to be returning to Nature Camps inc. for the Summer 2019 season. This will be his eighth year on staff, his fifth as pool operator, and his eighteenth Summer overall in the NC woods. Jacob enjoys digging in the dirt, splashing in the stream, and rambling through the forest, and takes particular delight in sharing these experiences with folks of all ages. During this past year he has worked as an outdoor educator at NorthBay Adventure Camp in Cecil County, MD, where he mentored middle schoolers in environmental science and character concepts.

 

Jacob graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a B.A. in behavioral biology and cognitive science, and will attend Oxford University in the Fall to study cognitive and evolutionary anthropology. He plays the mandolin, violin, reed organ, autoharp, recorder, accordion, didgeridoo, and bass handbells.

Tucker Hubner

Junior Counselor

Tucker Hubner is a Sophomore at Dulaney High school and will be joining the Nature Camps staff for the first time this year. Tucker has been attending Nature Camps for 10 years now and he knows the space and environment very well. Over his years at Nature Camps, he has learned to enjoy and experience nature with others. He values the numerous friends he has made through Nature Camps and the great experiences he's shared with them. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge of nature and the outdoors and hopes that will lead others to love it as much as he does.

Sam Langer

Counselor

Sam is excited to return for his 13th year at nature camps and his second year as a counselor. He credits Nature Camp for instilling in him a love of nature and the outdoors.

 

He is a rising college sophomore architecture major at Syracuse University and plans to study landscape architecture. As a member of SUOC, Cuse's outdoor adventure club, Sam is excited to get back out into nature. Sam is also a musician, he plays the bass and ukulele.

 

Sam looks forward to passing the wonder and magic of Nature Camp to a new generation.

Nico Mokhiber

Counselor

Nico Mokhiber is finishing his junior year at Warren Wilson College majoring in Psychology. For the last two summers, Nico has been a camp Counselor at Wind Dance Farm Earth and Education Center in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Nico likes to go on long walks in nature, practice identifying different types of trees and plants, go on backpacking trips with friends and family, and teach back-country skills and techniques to help build a better understanding how we can benefit from nature. 

Hannah Saunders

Parent Volunteer

Seven summers ago, Hannah Saunders began learning at Nature Camps how wild and wonderful a thing outdoor education is. She now runs her own nature discovery program in New York City called Second Nature Outdoors. Hannah looks forward to spending time in familiar places, working with campers new and old, listening to the leaves rustle and frogs sing, and sharing the whole experience with her 3-year-old Isabelle who has grown so much each summer at Nature Camps.

Jonah Zang

Counselor

This will be Jonah Zang's 14th consecutive summer at NC, and his third as a counselor. He did the awesome teen adventure program for three years, hiking the Appalachian trail, living on Spoutwood farm, and biking along the C&O canal. He knows the woods in and out, and is excited about returning to NC this summer. 

When not hiking, biking, and camping out all summer, Jonah will be starting college next fall. He loves archaeology, rock climbing, and travel. Jonah has been lucky enough to travel abroad and spend a week as an archaeology intern at James Madison's estate.

There's so much Jonah loves about Nature Camps, like the natural environment, the relaxed atmosphere, and the people there. He can't wait for summer to begin.

David Heroy

Counselor

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