Harmony Lehr: I have a degree in elementary education with a specialization in science. I grew up going to summits, I received my robin’s egg blue scarf at Lake Tahoe in 2010, the last summit I attended. As a young adult I volunteered in the teen program and I have been a junior naturalist leader at 8 different summits. Last year I wrote the curriculum for and directed a small preschool and childcare. I have three children and we spend much time outside-gardening, playing, and learning. I feel that even the smallest of us needs to spend as much time in nature as possible and as childcare director I would make it a priority that all the children get to spend at least some time each day outside exploring and playing.
Celene Lampright is currently a freshman at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill SC. She majors in Dance Education and is on the dance team at her school. Celene hopes to one day have kids of her own and teach dance at schools. She was born and raised in Beaufort SC. Celene worked with childcare last year in Lake Junaluska in North Carolina and enjoyed every moment of it. She has worked in childcare around her hometown and has a huge passion for it. She loves to have fun and be engaged with the kids. Her goal of this summit is to get the full experience out of New Mexico while helping out with childcare.
Bruce Lampright currently serves as the Naturalist for Brays Island Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bruce has lived in coastal South Carolina for the past four decades. After graduating from the University of South Carolina (with a degree in Marine Science) he conducted research at USC’s Baruch Marine Lab and served as Education Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, both near Georgetown, SC. Lampright has also served as the Director of USC-Beaufort’s Coastal Zone Education Center in Bluffton and is a founding member and former President of the South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association. In 1999 Bruce and two others started the SC Master Naturalist Program, now administered by Clemson University with programs throughout the Palmetto State. Lampright is a Master Gardener and has been involved in environmental education for over 35 years and was the 2004 recipient of the South Carolina Marine Educator of the Year Award. He is also one of the first to be certified in South Carolina to legally pick mushrooms for resale. This will be his 13th Summit as a faculty member.
Leslie Krebs is originally from St Louis. She has both of her degrees from the University of Iowa; Elementary Education, (Science), Outdoor Recreation and a Masters in Science Education. Her teaching in environmental education has taken her to Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Iowa, and Ohio. These have included work with the Girl Scouts, National Park Service, and other fine non-profits over the years. She enjoys working with all ages in the outdoors and is pleased to be teaching at her twenty-ninth Summit.
Marla Krasinsky is a former teacher, an avid reader and an enthusiastic Summiteer. She began her Summit experiences at Big Sky, Montana when she and her husband, Arthur, brought their grandson, Dean Kullmann, for a grandchild trip. They were so excited about the summit that the next summer they brought the Kullmann family to Maine. Then they added their son’s family. All love sharing these summer experiences with friends they’ve made through the years. Marla is looking forward to leading the book group this summer.
As a young teen, Amy Kilpatric attended the very first conservation summit that was held at the YMCA of the Rockies. When she became a parent she wanted her own children to experience the joys of being Summiteers, so she and her husband, Michel Lillmars, packed up their three little girls, along with the water bottles, ponchos, binoculars and field guides and headed to another Rocky Mountain summit. The daughters were hooked and continued to encourage Mom and Dad to take them to summits all over the country.
As a native of the Ozark area, Amy Kilpatric spent her childhood climbing trees, playing in the woods behind her home, going on wildflower walks, and floating on the crystal clear water of the Ozarks streams. She continues to share her love of the natural world with children in her position as the lead science and nature teacher at Community School in St. Louis county. Every year Amy leads her sixth grade science students on geology tours of Meramec Springs Park and Onondaga Cave. During a camping trip to the area, Amy assists her students in water quality monitoring of streams in the Meramec River Watershed. Amy is delighted to have the opportunity to share her love of the Ozarks with her fellow Summiteers.
Katie Johnson is a career professional educator in the Mounds View School District (suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, area) and has been sidelining in ecospirituality as an adult educator since the early 1990s. She is a three-time participant at Sophia Summer Institute (Holy Names College, Oakland), where the staff is comprised of some of the brightest minds and wisest spirits on the planet who meet each summer to discuss new thinking and further implications of the interface of spirituality and the environment. She is a 14-year veteran of summer summits, first attending in 1989.
Sara Jackson has been part of the Junior Naturalist staff for Family Nature Summits since 2003. She is currently a piano teacher in Ann Arbor, MI, however, prior to that she worked in the environmental education and communications field for many years. Experiences include nature camp program director, challenge course facilitator, invasive species removal crew member, and communications associate for National Wildlife Federation. Sara loves the Summits and can’t wait for another fun week of exploring and learning about nature with all of the awesome kids in her group!
Steve Houser Jr has a master’s degree in Elementary Education as well as a graduate degree in counseling. Steve is certified in gifted education, social sciences, and geography, as well as being certified as an Environmental Educator by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. His work as an educator of young people for over 40 years has been recognized through numerous awards, including: The Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (the nation’s highest science teaching award sponsored by the White House and the National Science Foundation), the Governor’s Award for NC Environmental Educator of the Year, the American Geological Institute’s US Earth Science Teacher of the Year, the Mecklenburg County Arts and Science Council’s Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to the Arts, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s Wachovia Ben Craig Teacher of the Year Award.
In addition, Steve is a professional storyteller with over 35 years experience in telling the old North Carolina tales and international stories that inspire and educate the listener. He worked over twenty summers as a National Wildlife Federation Family Summit faculty member at locations all over North America, and he currently serves as Director of the Family Nature Summits Junior Naturalist Program. Recognized as an “Educator of Excellence” with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, Steve has participated in educator institutes in Sweden, Belize, Yellowstone National Park, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest in Peru
Sarah Houser grew up attending the summit and considers it a huge influence on her life. Sarah has her MAT in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston where much of her research revolved around nature based learning and play. Currently, Sarah lives in Boulder, Colorado working with 2.5 to 5 year olds at a play-based preschool. They take daily walks and attempt to get the kids outside as much as possible. She worked in the Early Discovery Program last year and is so excited to be back at it again!