Team

Matt Sommer
Outdoor Education Site Director

Nature Name: Sunshine

Sarah Kronz
Outdoor Education Site Director
BFA in sculpture and painting at Kent State University

Nature Name: Rainbow

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
There are always new things to see and learn in the woods. Exploring the natural world with all of the senses is always a fulfilling and exciting experience.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
Most children do not get enough opportunities in their daily lives to explore, play, and express curiosity. I am very fond of giving children those chances to have fun while learning and growing in the outdoors.

AJ Barnum
Outdoor Educator
BS in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish

Nature Name: Axolotl

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
My favorite part of nature is the clouds and being able to cloud watch

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
I've worked as a camp counselor at a few different camps during summers for a few years, so I'm really excited to now be able to take that experience and apply it to working with kids in Outdoor Education year-round!

Cassie Hulver
Outdoor Educator
BS in Middle Childhood Education at Ohio State University

Nature Name: Katydid

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
I really enjoy being in or near bodies of freshwater. There's nothing better than floating in a cool mountain spring.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
I like to see the "aha" moment when kids realize that nature isn't as scary or gross as they may have thought.

Cy Patterson
Outdoor Educator
BS in Biology

Nature Name: Chipmunk

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
I love reptiles and birds.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
I love teaching kids and seeing their faces light up when they discover something new.

Josh Robinson
Josh Robinson
Outdoor Educator
BS in Forestry from the University of Kentucky

Nature Name: Joshua Tree

Favorite Aspect of Nature: I love to hike and see as many different areas of nature as possible.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? I love being able to share my passion for nature with kids and help them get to experience things in a new and exciting way.

Kris Cooper
Outdoor Educator
West Virginia University, Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

Nature Name:  Kodiak

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
All of the water, sunsets, & scaley friends.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
To help ignite a passion for the great outdoors & see what I can learn about their home state!

Lily Walters
Outdoor Educator
History and Education at the College of Wooster

Nature Name:  Lotus

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
Feeling mud in between my toes.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
I think that this age is so fun & being in an environment like Camp Nuhop allows students to be silly and express themselves!

Logan Finley
Outdoor Educator
BA in Middle Grades Education

Nature Name:  Lagoon

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
My favorite aspect of nature would probably be the way different species of living things can change and adapt over time. When we truly focus and study nature, I believe it brings us closer to understanding ourselves as individuals and as a species altogether.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
It is my passion! Molding young minds and getting kids interested in nature is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done.

Paul Kinney
Outdoor Educator
College of Wooster | BA in Geology; Ashland University| Grade 7-12 Science Teacher Certification

Nature Name: Prickly Pear

Favorite Aspect of Nature: The changing of the seasons in Ohio

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? I enjoy sharing the energy our students bring with them into the outdoors.

Peyton O'Laughlin
Outdoor Educator
BA in Elementary Education and History at the College of Wooster.

Nature Name: Prairie Dog

Favorite Aspect of Nature? 
Finding cool bugs!

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
I want to help young people learn more about the world and how they can fit into it!

Ricky Losse
Outdoor Educator
BS in Environmental Science at Cleveland State University

Nature Name: Earth Worm

Favorite Aspect of Nature: 
I don't think I can pick one favorite thing! But, one thing I really love about nature is its ability to effortlessly adjust. If you leave an axe in a tree, the tree grows around it. Water goes where it most easily flows. The natural world inspires me to be a more adaptable person when being faced with obstacles. Nature inspires me to flow.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? 
Working with kids at Nuhop encourages me to uncover the silly parts of myself that I typically have to suppress to exist in the world outside of camp.

Rachel Hilson
Outdoor Educator

Nature Name:  Ray Ray

Brent Weisenstein
Outdoor Educator

Nature Name: Koala Bear

Nathaniel Cornelius
Outdoor Educator
BS in Middle Level Education: Math and Science

Nature Name:  Newt

Favorite aspect of nature:
I really enjoy nature survival.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop?
I have worked with Nuhop for a number of years and I love it!

Sylvia Lorson
Outdoor Educator
BA in Journalism from Kent State University

Favorite Aspect of Nature: It's beautiful! Humans were meant to be in nature like any other animal, so being in nature is very freeing and fulfilling.

Why do you want to work with kids at Nuhop? Helping kids build an appreciation for the natural world (and all the beauty and fun that comes with it) is incredibly rewarding. I love being part of a community that allows children to explore, try new things, and make fun memories that they will carry with them for a long time.

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