Loma Mar Staff

The staff at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools have extensive training and teaching experience in the environmental education field. They have a passion for teaching children in the outdoors and a commitment to creating a learning atmosphere that is fun, safe, educational, and inclusive of all learning styles. Each staff member is certified in both first aid and CPR.


Bridget/B – Program Director

Principal B grew up in Pleasanton, California and attended Loma Mar as a 5th grader from Vintage Hills Elementary. She had an awesome time as a student, and returned as a cabin leader several times throughout high school. Her time as a cabin leader inspired her so much, she decided that she wanted to work towards one day being a Naturalist at Loma Mar. She accomplished her dream at 21 and was hired as an Intern Naturalist by Principal Burl and the Loma Mar staff in 2005. She spent four years as a Naturalist and summer gardener, developing her craft of teaching as well as learning more about local natural history, mycology, organic gardening and communal living. She took some time off from Exploring New Horizons to explore careers beyond outdoor ed, and returned in 2012 as the Program Coordinator and then became Program Director in 2014. B has a BA in Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences, MA in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. B has a dog, Roxy, chickens, a garden, and loves to spend time hanging with her friends, going to the beach and hoping it will rain to bring on chanterelle and oyster mushrooms. Her favorite places to visit are the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Idaho and Montana where she likes to spend time with her family and friends, go fishing and dipping into hot springs. Life is good!

You can email B at bridget@exploringnewhorizons.org

 


Joshua/Bobcat – Assistant Director

Bobcat was born in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Baltimore, MD. Growing up, he explored every inch of green space he could find and played the cello a lot. His nature studies were inspired and guided by some wonderful mentors both at summer camp and in his family. Decades later, little has changed. Bobcat has hiked over 15,000 miles, including two walks across the United States and a traverse of Iceland. He received a B.A. in music from Earlham College and plays in the band Ghost Train and other projects. His deep relationship with nature and music are constantly displayed in his teaching at the outdoor school. Bobcat has been a part of Exploring New Horizons since 2006.

 


Nick/Rock – Health Care Supervisor

Rock grew up in Castro Valley, California, attended Outdoor Education at Camp Loma Mar as a sixth grader, and returned as a counselor many times during and after high school. Ever since coming to camp as a counselor, Rock swore that one day he would make it back to Camp Loma Mar, but as a part of the staff. After high school, Rock moved to rural Humboldt County where he studied to become an Emergency Medical Technician, and worked as a 911 Ambulance EMT and for a local school district, before seizing an opportunity to fulfill his goal of joining the ENH Loma Mar staff as Health Care Supervisor in 2018. In his free time, Rock enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, laughing, cooking, and giving back to his community.

You can email Rock at lomamarmedic@exploringnewhorizons.org

 


Roni/Sunflower – Operations Coordinator

staff-lomamar-roniSunflower grew up exploring the outdoors and playing sports with her family in the Bay Area. Places like Yosemite, Mt. Hermon, and Lake Tahoe inspired her at an early age, and her first ascent up Yosemite Falls at age 7 instilled a desire for all things outdoors, especially hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. By high school, she and her friends frequently spent weekends waking up at 3 am to hike the local hills and watch the sunrise over Mt. Diablo. Sunflower’s other true love is dance. Beginning with ballet at age 3, all the way to earning her B.A. in Dance with a Modern Emphasis from San Jose State University, to a continued professional career, she still infuses her performance-based lifestyle into her career as a naturalist. Sunflower spends her free time honing photography skills, picking up instruments – flute, guitar, ukulele, banjo, and more – learning efficient ways to garden, thrift shopping, and laughing until her abs hurt. She spent two summers in Austria, interning on Kleinefarm, learning how to sustainably grow, care for, and harvest fruits and vegetables. After 5 years as a naturalist and summer gardener at Exploring New Horizons Loma Mar, Sunflower is thrilled to take on a new role as both a gardener and administrator for the program.


Henry/Dog – Naturalist

staff-lomamar-henryDog is from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with concentrations in Political Science and International Political Economy. Since graduating, he has spent time as a ranch hand, a soccer coach and as a speedy deliverer of UPS packages. Dog enjoys knot tying, and he is a semi-proficient unicyclist. He also spent two years working at the neighboring San Joaquin Outdoor School in La Honda, California.


Tim/Raptor – Naturalist

Raptor was born and raised in the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, CA, but dreamed of the forests that lie beyond. After graduating high school, he traveled to Oregon and received his BA in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Environmental Policy Making from Willamette University in December 2015.
In addition to his studies, Raptor has worked on numerous farms, and served as an employee on his school’s student farm, which helped to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to the students, faculty and employees. Before joining the team at ENH, Raptor worked as an intern naturalist for San Mateo Outdoor Education where this passion only continued to grow stronger. In addition to inspiring others about the natural world, he loves to go mountain biking, running, backpacking, snowboarding, and enjoys reading, writing, walking dogs and playing the saxophone and guitar.


Adam/Berry – Naturalist

Berry was born in raised in the Ohio River Valley in southern Indiana. Berry fostered an appreciation for outdoor education while attending Indiana University’s Outdoor Recreation Department. Eventually shifting in the Teachers Education Program, He was able to bridge his principles of environmental stewardship with academic enrichment and instruction. He was also a classroom schoolteacher for four years while preparing to make a westward transition to the central coast of California to pursue a deeper connection and understanding to the food production systems that is especially vibrant to Cenrtal California. Since moving to California, Berry found the perfect communion of academics and nature awareness in the world of Outdoor Education. Additionally, Berry is interested in spending time in and around the ocean, or helping to work at local farmers markets or farm to table dinners in and around the Bay Area.

 


 

Lindsay/Wren – Naturalist

Wren grew up in the great state of New Jersey. After high school, she headed to James Madison University where she earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Communications. Wren’s love of the outdoors and desire to share that passion with kids is what led her to Outdoor Education shortly after her graduation in 2016. She spent two seasons as a naturalist at YMCA Camp Mason and two seasons at Whiskeytown Environmental School. Wren enjoys traveling to new places and seeing new things. She hopes to inspire a love of nature and discovery in her students.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Julia/Butterfly – Naturalist

Butterfly grew up in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia.  She enjoyed spending time outside and hiking and camping with her family there.  For college, she went to William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and received a degree in Public Policy and Environmental Science.  Her introduction to the field of environmental education was through an internship in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  After college, she worked in environmental education in North Carolina and Alabama, in addition to teaching English for four months in Chile.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, making art, playing Frisbee, and exploring.  Butterfly is excited to be part of the wonderful environmental education community in Loma Mar!

 


 

Brenna/Turkey Tail- Naturalist

Brenna grew up in Minnesota and her love of nature grew by leaps and bounds when she attended high school at the School of Environmental Studies. She couldn’t spend enough time outdoors. A Conservation Biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led her to study abroad in the Amazon rainforest, Galapagos islands, and the dry coastal forest in Ecuador. After college, Brenna had the wonderful opportunity to be a naturalist intern at the Sierra Outdoor School in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. One of her favorite assignments was learning to handle a Great Horn Owl while teaching in front of her students. From there, Brenna lived in Thailand for two years teaching English to kindergarten and high school students. She loves Thai food, learning about different cultures, and meeting people from around the world! She’s back in the US and excited to teach students outdoors in the redwoods!

 


Ziggy/Jackalope- Naturalist

Ziggy “Jackalope” originally came to Santa Cruz, California in 2010 to pursue music and fine arts but was entranced by the beauty and the nature surrounding the Santa Cruz Mountains. This led Ziggy to the world of outdoor education and to Exploring New Horizons where he became a Cabin Leader. After that he honed his teaching and natural science skills as an intern at Hidden Villa in Los Altos and at San Mateo Outdoor Education program in La Honda. Now Ziggy is proud to be a Naturalist at the school that started it all. He strives to inspire a sense of wonder, respect and responsibility to our world both locally and globally. It is an honor for him to have the opportunity to guide and mold the citizens of the future. When he is not teaching students to care for the planet and each other Ziggy can be found playing guitar, painting murals, tracking the native fauna, nature journaling the local flora and eating potato chips.

 

 

 

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