Meet Our Team


Program Manager 

Joseph Dean 

A.A.S Social Behavioral Science (Monroe Community College)

B.S Psychology (SUNY Brockport) & Associate Level TCI 

Joseph continues to practice his lifelong dedication for appreciating the natural world by taking action in conservation efforts and teaching wilderness skills. Through his experience with NYS DEC, he puts his passion into practice by mentoring youth in wilderness survival and environmental education. He continues to inspire and encourage young people to develop hands-on wilderness skills and a deep appreciation for the natural world.



Learning Guide  

Christina Das


B.S Environmental Studies (University of Vermont) 

Christina seeks to nurture a connection to her natural environment, which in turn plants the seed for lifelong environmental stewardship. Christina believes wild spaces offer refuge from our daily lives and hopes to cultivate confidence in youth to feel comfortable in the outdoors. Through her education and experience with The US Forest Service, she continues mentoring youth in nature awareness, wilderness navigation, fire building techniques and plant identification.  




Seasonal Learning Guide 

Keaton Jenkins 

Education: David Rutherford forest guide

Regents Diploma: RCSD East High School 

Keaton is an active member of the community, continuing to empower youth with his positive mindset and powerful resilience. Keaton co-founded Beat The Odds Clothing – a mission-driven retail company that encourages people to face and conquer adversity through self-motivation. Through his experience as an Intervention-Prevention Educator, he has developed strong bonds with students, and continues teaching youth valuable hands-on wilderness skills. 




Learning Guide 

Lauren Goulet


A.A.S General Liberal Arts & Science; Sustainability Certificate (MCC)

B.A Sociology with Minor in Environmental Science (SUNY Geneseo)

Lauren derives passion and purpose from understanding the interconnectedness of sustainability through engaging with socio-environmental initiatives that focus on equity and conservation. She has found great joy in her experiences as an environmental educator in both academic and natural settings with a variety of age groups. Lauren continues to advocate for mental health and bandwidth recovery, incorporating her values of kindness and interpersonal communication into her role as Learning Guide. She aims to build meaningful relationships while exploring and protecting the natural world.

Learning Guide

Taylor Naugle                                                      


B.A History with Adolescent Education (SUNY Geneseo)

Taylor seeks to combine her lifelong love of learning, and passion for the environment to encourage conservation and sustainability in others. During her career as a classroom teacher, she has found joy in encouraging her students to use their natural curiosity to inspire learning. Taylor believes in a connection to nature as a pathway to developing confidence and appreciation for the environment. She seeks to use this experience, and her dedication to preserving the natural world to stimulate a love of learning in students she works with.