Each camper will be part of a small field group based on age for their week at camp. Groups are led by members of our education team and Junior Summer Camp Guides, creating a maximum guide to student ratio of 1:7. Our education team members are all well-trained and experienced environmental educators chosen for their expertise and commitment to improving the world by facilitating meaningful learning experiences in nature. In addition to their dedication, our education staff are CPR and first aid certified.


2018 Summer Camp Staff

Carrie Guess – Camp Coordinator

Carrie has spent her professional career weaving together her passions for the arts, the outdoors, and young people. After several years working in youth-serving organizations including Lexington Children’s Theatre and Girl Scouts of Western Washington, she completed her Masters in Education through IslandWood and the University of Washington. She currently serves as a naturalist with UW Botanic Gardens, guiding school programs at Washington Park Arboretum and the UW Farm. Carrie loves hiking small mountains, getting creative in the kitchen with her partner Austin, and snuggling with her black lab mix Icebox.

1st-6th Grade Camp

Caelin Alba – Naturalist

Caelin Alba grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where he became excited about ecology and nature while getting involved in small-scale farming, and while backpacking in the northwest forests. Caelin received a degree in environmental science from Oregon State University. While a student, he was a field instructor for Philomath Middle School’s outdoor school program. He also focused on environmental education and outreach on campus, worked in entomology, and volunteered at the student farm. Caelin is excited to meet so many cool campers and explore the arboretum. When he is not at camp, you might see Caelin running through the arboretum or Discovery Park, or writing songs in the shade of a tree.

Caitlin Hosken – Naturalist

Caitlin Hosken grew up along the coast of Maine, amongst the woods and the rocky tide pools of the Atlantic. She relocated to the west coast for a change of pace, and received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington in 2008. She caught the environmental education bug when she started volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium as a beach naturalist. After a move to Ashland, OR with her husband and dog to attend graduate school, she bounced around between Washington and California, and recently returned to the Seattle area to work at the wonderful Arboretum! Caitlin loves traveling, hiking, dancing, pups, cheese, yoga, photography, and adventures of all kinds. Bill Watterson says it best: It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…let’s go exploring!


Christina Jarvis – Naturalist

Christina grew up in Western Washington and attended UW, and has a degree in biology. She comes from an environmental education background and is experienced at incorporating nature themes into education, games, and activities in the classroom and at nature summer camps. She has always had a passion for visual art, and loves to incorporate art into camp curricula whenever possible. She has been a hiker for years, and has recently taken up backpacking as well, applying her minimalist lifestyle to try to take only the essentials and immerse herself in nature as much as possible. She’s excited to meet campers who are ready to learn plenty of nature facts in addition to having fun outside in the sun!


Maddie Bartholomew – Naturalist

Maddie is from St. Paul, Minnesota where she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences. After college she traveled around New Zealand for a few months hiking and working on organic farms. When she came back to the United State she moved to Sacramento, CA, where she taught for a nonprofit as a field guide for vernal pool wetlands. Maddie recently moved to Seattle in July of 2017 to explore the beautiful outdoors of Washington. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping, yoga, dancing, painting, and traveling. She is passionate about the environment and she’s eager to share that passion with the campers this summer!


Rachel Bateson – Naturalist

Rachel Bateson grew up in a small desert town in Southern California. As a kid, she spent a lot of time camping in the Mojave desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she developed a love for the outdoors. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where she earned her B.S. in Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation. Rachel has spent time on a ranch in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming as a hiking guide and naturalist while running a kid’s program. Currently, during the school year, Rachel is a naturalist instructor at an outdoor science school in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California run by Los Angeles County Office of Education. She loves her job of guiding students through learning about nature and science. During her free time, Rachel loves to botanize, collect rocks, go camping and backpacking, read, play with dogs and horses, and learn. Rachel is excited to spend her summer in the Pacific Northwest sharing her knowledge with campers.


Rosie Wilson-Briggs – Naturalist

Rosie Wilson-Briggs grew up in northern California among the valley oaks, and her first environmental education job was at an outdoor school that she herself had attending in 5th grade. She moved to Seattle in 2010 to attend the University of Washington’s certificate program in Scientific Illustration, which jump-started her love for the plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest. Since completing the program she has done some illustration work but couldn’t resist the pull of outdoor environmental education – and it’s the best when those passions combine! She spent many seasons as an educator on large sailboats, particularly falling in love with the Schooner Adventuress and sailing here on the incredible Salish Sea. Currently she just sails for fun, and instead concentrates on helping people connect with the natural world through land plants and animals, and deepen that connection by acknowledging and respecting the Indigenous peoples and stories of this region. She’s so excited to fostering connections and have fun with the UWBG Summer Camp! When she’s not working outside with youth, Rosie might be found gardening or backpacking, and if she’s inside she’s probably drawing, reading, or sewing.


Preschool Camp

Nicolette Riggins – Lead Naturalist

Though born and raised in Kansas, Nicolette has spent the last several years working all over the country. She worked as a park ranger for several National Parks across the country including Rocky Mountain (CO), Denali (AK), Shenandoah (VA), Saguaro (AZ), Big Cypress (FL), and Glen Canyon (UT and AZ). She has also worked as a wildland firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, dogsled guide and kennels manager, nanny, daycare teacher and costumed balloon delivery girl. She most recently taught environmental education at Greenkill Environmental Education Center in New York. She spends most of her free time outdoors hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, farming, swimming, playing, reading, and reflecting. Her favorite thing to do outdoors, however, is teach.


Sarah Rogers – Lead Naturalist

Sarah grew up in Seattle, and spent much it outside at local parks and beaches. She studied geology at Northern Arizona University, and went on to work in informal education. Sarah has worked for UWBG since spring 2016 as a teacher for visiting school groups; this will be her third season working at arboretum summer camp. Sarah has also worked for Pacific Science Center as an outreach educator and interpretive educator, and has completed two internships with the Student Conservation Association in Big Sur, CA, and Coldfoot, AK. In her free time she tries to get out as much as possible to climb, draw, hike, garden and bird in this beautiful world.


Kayla Carrington – Assistant Naturalist

Kayla is a surefire way to have a good time outside in nature. She’s just graduated from the UW with one of those hard-to-communicate degrees that gives her some ground to claim her focus was in environmental studies, outdoor education, activism, and environmental psychology. She’s a spoken word poet, a musician, a hooper (basketball), a juggler, a slackliner, a rock climber, and a teacher. Kayla’s worked in outdoor educational communities like Bainbridge Island’s Islandwood, the Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoomazium, and the UW arboretum’s Fiddleheads Forest School. She is beyond grateful for the privilege of spending the summer with a bunch of fellow nature-loving expeditioners: ready to play games, have fun, and learn all the things.


Sam Findlay – Assistant Naturalist

I am from Vancouver Canada, my family and I moved to Seattle in May 2017. I initially went to school in Victoria BC, Canada, however, I have recently transferred to UW. I am studying to get a BSC In Psychology. I really enjoy the outdoors. In particular, I love snowboarding in the winter and camping/hiking in the summer. I have taught at a variety of summer camps in the past, and I am really looking forward to this summer! I am excited to explore the beautiful park where the camp is held. I can’t wait to meet everyone!


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