Summer Camp Staff 2021

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Sarah Breznen

Camp Director

Happy summer everyone! I’m Miss Sarah and this will be my 12th summer at Woodcock. I’m excited to meet new campers, welcome returning campers, and I look forward to sharing the discoveries and explorations of each group! You will see me around giving special nature lessons and teaching campers about our local woodlands and wetlands. I love learning more about the amazing plants and animals around us. I especially like insects and small mammals. There are so many extraordinary connections and interactions in nature if you take the time to look. I live in Norwalk and in my free time I enjoy painting and volunteering to restore local habitats. If I could be any animal, I would be a squirrel because they have incredible climbing skills and live in tree houses!

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Jennifer Bradshaw

Assistant Camp Director

My name is Jennifer Bradshaw, but the campers call me Miss Jen. This is my 8th summer at Woodcock. I am so excited to see all the returning campers and to meet the new ones! Helping kids get excited about nature and fostering a sense of wonder is one of the best feelings I've ever had! I live in Ridgefield with my husband, our 4-year-old son, Jase and our 1-year-old daughter Nicky. In my free time, I love to play outside with my kids, go for hikes and just explore nature. I also enjoy collecting cool nature items that I've found in nature or have purchased to put in my "Cabinet of Curiosities"! If I could be any animal it would be an owl because they can fly and have incredible eyesight.

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Sam Nunes

Waterfront Director

My name is Sam Nunes, but the campers call me Dr. Pond. I am the Waterfront Director and I am in charge of canoeing on the pond! You will also see me around leading activities off-trail or special animal lessons.  This will be my 4th summer at Woodcock. My favorite thing to do in nature is to look for clues and signs to orient myself and tell me what is happening around me. What I love about my job is finding those moments when I really inspire someone’s curiosity and I’m able to foster a child's interest in nature. In my free time I like to run. If I could be any animal I’d be a robin, because they are excellent at observing their environment.

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Jeanne Young

Camp Registrar, Director of First Aid 

My name is Jeanne Young. This is my 8th summer at Woodcock.  As Registrar, I make sure all the administrative ducks are in a row so we can all put the focus where it belongs...on the campers! As Director of First Aid, I work to make sure we have all the info we need to give campers a safe and healthy camp experience. I’m looking forward to seeing camper’s smiling faces each morning at the check in tent and seeing them off, happy and exhausted, at the end of each day.  I am happiest when I’m hiking, sitting quietly in nature, or exploring in the woods. I love listening to music, cooking and spending time with friends. If I could be any animal, I would be a fox because they are quietly curious, analytical and adaptive.

2021 Season Camp Counselors

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Jason Alfandre

Counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Jason, this will be my 3rd summer as a Woodcock counselor, and I'm a rising senior at Bates College. I'm majoring in Biology, and hope to focus more on wildlife and conservation biology, as well as environmental education, which I did a lot of when I went down to Texas this spring to work with alligators, venomous snakes, and other cool reptiles! I love reptiles and have tons of super cool stories to tell about my time in Texas, and lots of equally cool souvenirs. My favorite thing to do at camp is catch creatures, especially the reptiles, because I love seeing them up close and watching how they behave and learning cool facts about them. I hope you all can help me find animals so we can learn together!

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Kevin Andros

Counselor

Hey everyone, my name is Kevin Andros. I am from Ridgefield, Connecticut and this will be my first summer as a camp counselor at Woodcock. In the Fall I will be a Senior majoring in Environmental Education and Interpretation at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. Some of my favorite things to do in nature are walking my chocolate lab Moose and looking for cool plants and mushrooms. I also have a crested gecko named Doug and I would love to get a snake in the future. Reptiles and fungi are my biggest passions but recently I have been photographing birds and wildlife that wander through my backyard. If I could be any animal, I would be a penguin because they are very unique and excellent swimmers. I can’t wait to see everyone this summer!

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KT Arpino

Counselor

Hi! My name is KT Arpino, and I’m a rising senior at UConn double majoring in American Sign Language and English! I’m from Norwalk, Connecticut, and have lived here all my life. My hobbies include embroidery, music, writing, and theater. My favorite thing to do in nature is either going for walks with my dog in the local park, or going exploring with my friends on the trails around UConn. This is my 2nd summer at Woodcock and I’m looking forward to working with the wonderful campers, staff, as well as the wonderful wildlife! If I could be any animal, I would be a crow or a raven - not only would I be able to fly (huge perk) but I could collect shiny objects and understand logic puzzles. In addition, I just think they’re neat!

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Teddy Corper

Counselor

I'm Teddy and this is my 3rd summer at Woodcock. I also helped teach afterschool classes here this past year! I am from Wilton, Connecticut and am an early childhood education major. My main hobbies include taking long hikes, biking, and hanging out with my friends and family. My favorite thing to do in nature is to hang out by a lake or spend the day swimming in the lake. This summer I am excited to have fun with all of the campers! I love hiking on the trails at Woodcock, catching frogs and turtles in the pond, and getting to know all my campers at opening circle! If I could be any animal I would be a red panda so I could spend all day relaxing in trees and eating bamboo.

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Elijah Crehan

Counselor

Hello everyone! My Name is Elijah. I’m going into my sophomore year of college taking core classes while working towards my commercial pilot’s license at Danbury airport. For most of my life I’ve lived between Danbury and Ridgefield and have always loved exploring the woods of New England. In my free time I play guitar, work on old cars, go for hikes, juggle, and explore historical places with my metal detector. My favorite thing to do in nature is explore uncharted areas with friends and family while looking for cool trees and critters along the way. If I could be any animal, I would be a Mountain Lion. They’re intelligent, agile, strong, and adaptable. I’ve been coming to Woodcock nearly every summer for over 9 years as a camper and CIT. This will be my first summer as a full time counselor and I’m very excited to meet everyone! I can’t wait to share a fun educational summer with every camper.

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Chloe Elias

Counselor

Hi! My name is Chloe Elias I am a rising sophomore at the University of Vermont majoring in environmental studies and minoring in psychology and economics. I grew up in Utah, Switzerland and England, but have lived in Wilton, CT for the past seven years. This will be my first year as a counselor at Woodcock Nature Center. I am really looking forward to all the exploring and learning we will be doing this summer! Some of my favorite things to do are rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, drawing, camping and spending time with my family and friends. If I could be any animal I would definitely be a shark so I could explore the oceans and see places no human has ever seen. I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of you. It's going to be a great summer!!

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Eamonn Hanrahan

Counselor

How does a lion greet the other animals in the field? Answer: Pleased to eat you!

Hello campers and parents, my name is Eamonn and I’m back for my 3rd summer at Woodcock! I also helped teach afterschool classes here this past year. I can’t wait to meet new campers and see familiar faces from past excursions. As many of you already know, I enjoy watching late 90’s cartoons, exercising, and watching/learning about Star Wars (new found love). I’m excited to be able to teach every single one of you about the wonderful world we live in through animal lessons, hikes, and other fun activities. From the wise words of Edward Abbey: “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” Let’s get to exploring, learning, and most importantly having fun! See you this summer!

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Kory Nossan

Counselor

Hi campers and parents. My name is Kory Nossan and I was a camper at Woodcock as a kid and a CIT during the summers when I attended Ridgefield High School. I just completed my freshman year at WestConn and I’ll be attending the University of Tampa in the fall. I enjoy a lot of sports, but my favorites are baseball and hockey. I’ve attended Nols (National Outdoor Leadership School) and hiked Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid.  I also spent several weeks in Maine conducting research on snail movements. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for animals, wildlife and enjoying canoe time with campers this summer. If I was an animal, I’d be a beagle so that I could communicate with our pet rescue beagle, Beck.

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Charlie Pratt

Counselor

Hi! I’m Charlie from Ridgefield, CT. I am in my senior year at Middlebury College studying Conservation Biology with a minor in Chinese. I love making art, playing guitar, and meditating (especially at the Nature Center.) One of my favorite things to do in nature is finding and identifying different species of birds, bugs, and reptiles. This is my 5th year as a counselor, so I’m most excited to see all of my returning campers and introducing all of our new campers to the Nature Center! Finally, if I could be any animal I would choose a dolphin because they are very social animals and incredibly smart. I look forward to seeing who can beat me at limbo this year!

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Michael Saccucci

Counselor

Hello! My name is Michael Saccucci and I'm from Ridgefield, Connecticut. I am a rising senior at the University of Delaware studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. One of my favorite things to do when I'm out in nature is hiking, I especially like the local Hemlock Hills trails and the trails in Black Moshannon State Park in Pennsylvania. I'm most looking forward to having a great time and learning new things with everyone this summer. If I could be any animal, I would like to be a bee because I could fly around hanging out on flowers and enjoy some fresh honey.  

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Annaliese Schweitzer

Counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Annaliese and I am a rising junior at UMass Amherst majoring in marketing and economics and minoring in public health. I used to be a camper at Woodcock every summer, and this is my 2nd summer being a counselor. I’m super excited to meet all of you and see all the returning campers as familiar faces! I have lived in Redding, Connecticut for almost my whole life and I love it here in Connecticut because of all the nature we have surrounding us. My favorite outdoor activity is definitely hiking. It is something that I love to do with my family and friends especially because it is an activity that you can pretty much do all year round. My favorite animal is definitely a snake, but if I had to choose any animal to be, it would be some type of bird because I would love to be able to fly. I can’t wait to see all of you soon and have a great summer at Woodcock!