Summer Camp Staff

Sarah Breznen - Camp Director

Hello everyone, Miss Sarah here! This will be my 11th summer at Woodcock. I’m excited to meet new campers, welcome returning campers, and I look forward to the discoveries and explorations of each group. My favorite thing to do in nature is hike with my mom! I also love learning more about the amazing local 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. In my free time I enjoy drawing, painting, and leash training my cat Melvin. If I could be any animal, I would be a squirrel because they have incredible climbing skills and live in tree houses!
 

Jennifer Bradshaw – Assistant Camp Director

 

My name is Jennifer Bradshaw, but the campers call me Miss Jen. This is my 7th 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 3 year old son, Jase and a little girl due in early June. In my free time, I love to play outside with my son, 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 so quiet and gracefully and are magnificent creatures.

Jeanne Young - Camp Registrar/Director of First Aid

 

My name is Jeanne Young. This is my 7th 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.

Sam Nunes – Waterfront Director

 

My name is Sam Nunes. I am the Waterfront Director and this will be my 3rd 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 his or her 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.

Kayla Sippin – Assistant Camp Director

 

Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Sippin and I’ll be an Assistant Director for my first summer at Woodcock! I’ll be graduating from Lehigh University in May with a degree in psychology and journalism and I’ll be starting my MA/CAGS at Northeastern University in School Psychology this fall. I’m from Newtown, CT and I’m so excited to work in the outdoors close to where I live. In my free time, I like to ski, play ultimate Frisbee, and read. My favorite thing to do in nature is explore! I love finding new things and making discoveries in my own backyard or wherever life will take me. I’m looking forward to meeting new campers, the weekend campouts, and spending my time outdoors. If I could be any animal, I would be a kangaroo! They’re so unique for the fact that they hop everywhere and carry their young in pouches.

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2020 Season Camp Counselors

Liza LaManna - Senior Staff

My name is Liza. I am so excited to be coming back to Woodcock this summer and getting to play with all the animals! I grew up in Ridgefield, CT but now live on Candlewood Lake. I am a senior at the University of Alabama studying environmental science and global studies. I hope to work in conservation possibly doing outreach once I graduate in December. I love to be outside especially on the water paddle boarding or swimming with my friends. If I were an animal I would be an otter because I am outgoing and love to be around people!

Charlie Pratt - Senior Staff

Hi! I’m Charlie from Ridgefield, CT. I am in my junior 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 fourth 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 forwards to seeing who can beat me at limbo this year!

Teddy Corper - Senior Staff

I used to attend the University of Kansas, and am now taking classes at Norwalk Community College; my goal is to be in the UConn Neag School of Education next spring. I am an early childhood education major. I am from Wilton Connecticut. 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.

Jason Alfandre - Counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Jason, this will be my 2nd summer as a Woodcock counselor, and I'm a rising junior at Bates College. I'm a Biology major, and hope to focus more on wildlife and conservation biology, which I'll get to do a lot of when I study abroad in the Australian rainforest this fall! In high school I played football and baseball, and in college I'm playing ultimate Frisbee. I also play the drums, and love listening to music, especially classic rock. I have 2 dogs, Sophie and Ziggy. I love reptiles, especially snakes, turtles, and lizards, and really love finding them in the wild. One of my goals every week of camp is to find as many creatures as possible so we can see them up close and learn cool facts about them, so I want you all to help me find them and we can learn together!

Katie Arpino - Counselor

Hi! My name is Katie Arpino, and I’m a rising junior 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 summer, I’m looking forward to working with the wonderful staff at Woodcock camp, 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!

Joshua Fusaro - Counselor

My name is Joshua Fusaro. This is my 2nd summer at Woodcock Nature Center. Growing up and living in New Milford, Connecticut I spent a lot of my youth going to places like Steep Rock Preserve where I'd spend hours just walking the trails looking for snakes to catch or listening to bird calls. Naturally I'm a very outdoorsy person that enjoys hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and interaction with the local wildlife in my area but that doesn’t mean I don't enjoy other hobbies like playing video games or listening to music. My main passion is animals, especially birds and reptiles. I love to learn all I can about every animal on this planet. If I could be any animal I would be a jellyfish because they just cruise around the oceans without a care in the world just living like themselves plus they basically get to travel the world and eat fish almost anytime they want, sounds like a win/win to me.

Eamonn Hanrahan - Counselor

Hey Parents and Campers! Guess who’s back? Eamonn is! I am super exited to spend another summer at Woodcock Nature Center. I am a rising senior at the University of Scranton, where I am studying Human Physiology/Kinesiology. As you may know I am an avid gym goer as well as explorer. I enjoy watching late 90’s cartoons, as well as watching baseball. I recently took a trip out to Oregon/Washington State where I hiked along the gorgeous coastline of the Pacific Northwest. I look forward to meeting you and being able teach you neat facts about nature. In the wise words of John Muir: “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, whiles cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” I’ll see you this summer!

Annaliese Schweitzer - Counselor

Hi everyone! My name is Annaliese and I am a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst majoring in marketing and minoring in health sciences. Almost my whole life I’ve lived in Redding, Connecticut and also used to be a camper every summer at Woodcock. My favorite thing to do outside is to hike with my friends and family. I also love going on runs in the nice weather. If I were any animal, I would be a monkey! This is my first summer as a counselor at Woodcock, so I am very excited to meet all of you and spend the whole summer outside learning and doing fun activities!

Brook Shafer - Counselor

Hi! My name is Brook Shafer and this is my first summer at Woodcock Nature Center. I am a rising senior at UConn and I am studying agriculture and natural resources. I am from Stratford Connecticut. Some of my hobbies include showing livestock, arts and crafts, and skiing! My favorite thing to do in nature is work on the farm! The animals being really cute is just a bonus. I am most looking forward to teaching and getting the campers excited about nature as well as having a lot of fun! If I could be any animal, I think I would be a dog. They are adventurous and love to explore, and they are very loyal. I can’t wait for what this summer has in store and I can’t wait to meet all of my campers!

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Our mission is to connect people to the habitats, plants and animals of Southwestern CT through programs that build awareness, nurture understanding, and advance conservation. 

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