Summer Camp Director
After spending 3 years teaching outdoor education on the west coast in Alaska and Southern California, Debbie made a happy return to the east coast, joining the education team at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in 2015. With a M.S. in Environmental Science and experience as an educator, naturalist, and camp program manager, she has a passion for getting kids outside into nature and won't flinch at the opportunity to howl like a coyote or sing a song about a polar bear. She knows the importance of having the opportunity to have hands-on learning experiences where everything from the development of social skills to math thinking can occur. Debbie has been running Audubon's camps since 2017. If Debbie were an animal, she would be a Musk Ox because they are the unicorns of the north.
Emily is from Connecticut, but has been in Vermont for the past 7 years has been at Audubon Vermont as a Seasonal Educator, AmeriCorps member, and now Senior Educator. She graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from Dickinson College. Emily earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Champlain College July 2022! This will be Emily's seventh summer with Audubon Vermont summer camp, and she cannot wait to explore the wilderness, build fairy homes, and spend lots of time out in the sun again. Emily loves to learn from nature and understands the importance on hands-on learning. If Emily could be one animal for the rest of her life she would be a sea otter.
Sarah Hooghuis (they/she)
Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator
Sarah grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Environmental Studies. As a kid, you could find her playing in streams and woods. Sarah discovered a love of birds later in life, her spark bird was a Steller’s Jay in Colorado - from then on she didn’t leave for a walk without a bird guide and binoculars. Prior to joining our team as the Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator, they served as our Outreach and Education Americorps member from 2019-2021, and returned in the winter of 2022 as a sugaring assistant for our bird-friendly maple syrup operation. They come to this position with six years of experience in environmental education and communications.They love summer camp and coordinate our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program for teenage youth looking to build their resumes and skills in childcasre.
Education and Outreach AmeriCorps Member
Kyra is originally from North Carolina, where she spent her childhood fishing, swimming, and exploring in and around Lake Norman. She has always had a deep love for the natural world, especially the animals that inhabit it. Kyra attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she first discovered her love for environmental education through a program known as Outdoor School. She was able to couple her love of the environment and her affinity for teaching with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. Kyra first visited Vermont in early 2022 and immediately felt connected to the expansive views and incredible stars. She spent the summer on Lake Fairlee as a camp counselor, and was amazed by the vibrancy and beauty of the Green Mountain State. She is looking forward to spending her second summer in Vermont hiking, exploring, and brushing up on her knowledge of native species. Kyra is so excited to be serving the Green Mountain Audubon Center and building connections within the Huntington community and beyond.
Eve has been a lover of the outdoors their entire life, growing up in Vermont and spending their childhood exploring every forest and river possible. Eve’s love for the environment increased from a local to global scale when they first learned about climate change in elementary school. Since then, environmental protection and conservation has been their main passion in life.
Eve followed that passion to University of Vermont and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. During the summers she spent her time as a Park Ranger at Vermont’s first state park, Mount Philo. She spent every day hiking and taking care of the land she grew up exploring. This experience cemented her desire to work in the field of environmental protection. Eve is so excited to join Audubon as the Environmental Intern and help their conservation efforts wherever possible.
Cecilia is a Vermont native who grew up in Burlington. She came to Audubon Vermont many times as a kid with with her elementary school, Edmunds. She remembers finding salamanders on field trips and wanting to take one home with her because she loved them so much! She continues to love animals to this day. She currently attends Mount Holyoke College in Western Mass, where she is earning her BA in environmental studies and studio art. She holds a big space in her heart for all living things and their ecosystems, and giving back to the Earth by working at the Audubon is super exciting for her! She can't wait to spend time with little ones who also care about the Earth!
Izzy de Buy Wenniger
Izzy is so excited to be joining Audubon for camp this summer! She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy and has been working seasonal jobs in youth outdoor education ever since. She loves to share the joys of time spent in the natural world, and is particularly interested in fungi, wild edibles, and the ways that humans affect and are effected by our environment. With this in mind, she is looking forward to helping campers find a sense of place amongst the trees, birds, and brooks at the Audubon Center this summer. When not at camp you can find Izzy riding her bike, exploring alpine zones and bogs around the Northeast, and sharing food with friends.
Liv is a current junior at the University of Vermont where she is earning a major in
Environmental Studies and a minor in Wildlife Biology. She is originally from Connecticut and spent her childhood summers at her local Audubon, which jumpkicked her love for the environment. Growing up her parents started her local Earth Day Festival in her town which allowed her to gain a deep passion for environmentalism and climate science. Within Audubon she has worked her way up from a camper to CIT to educator and has loved every step of the way. On the weekends you will typically find her by the beach, hiking and cooking up something in the kitchen with her friends.
I grew up in eastern Massachusetts right next to a state park and spent summers exploring the woods while also attending summer camps, just like Audubon’s! I grew up admiring my camp counselors for their enthusiasm and willingness to play whatever games the campers threw at them. It means a lot to me now to be able to be that person for someone else! I recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in eco-design. I am excited to put my new skills to work post-grad. When not at work I enjoy spending time outdoors with friends, reading, and attending any concert I can, big or small.
Hanna is super excited to be a counselor for Audubon and meet all the kids!! She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and goes to University of Vermont. She is going into her junior year there, studying environmental studies. Hanna loves to spend time outside with activities like biking, hiking and camping. Hanna can’t wait for camp to start!