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
Cait McHugh – Camp Coordinator
Cait grew up catching salamanders and fireflies in middle Tennessee. Despite her childhood dreams of becoming a professional dog trainer/actress/olympian soccer player, her love of nature, youth, and putting the two together won out. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, she spent the next few years working as an environmental educator in places like Tennessee, North Carolina, New Mexico, and California with camps, schools, national parks, and learning centers. Loving the adventure of seasonal life, but craving the opportunity for a more rooted existence, she went back to school and earned an M.Ed in Environmental Education and Non-profit Administration from Western Washington University. After two years at an environmental institute in northern Idaho, Cait returned to the west side and joined the UW Botanic Gardens education team. In her free time, Cait can be spotted birding in Discovery Park, playing bananagrams with friends, and adventuring in the mountains, coulees, and islands of this incredible landscape.