Director of Nature Center Programs
Matt joined the Cayuga Nature Center in 2009 as a summer camp counselor and TEAM Challenge Facilitator. He has been in his current position since 2013. Matt’s passion for the outdoors propels him to educate the public and students about the environment around us. He currently oversees all programs available at the Nature Center, and works closely with local teachers to integrate outdoor education programs into area schools such as Caroline Elementary, Belle Sherman Elementary, and Cayuga Heights Elementary. Matt holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Ask me about: Native Wildlife (warm-blooded) / Archery/ Tracking/ Fishing/ Trees/ Beekeeping
Environmental Education Manager & Camp Director
Dayna began her work with the Cayuga Nature Center in the fall of 2007 as a volunteer Animal Caretaker, and in 2009 formally joined the staff to lead the Animal and Critter camp programs, and assist as a TEAM Challenge facilitator. She became the Assistant Camp Director in 2013 and has been working in her current position since 2014. Dayna enjoys the opportunity to combine her interests in the natural world and science education to bring unique and entertaining programs to both the summer camp and other Nature Center public programs. Dayna holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Lifeguarding.
Ask me about: Native Wildlife (cold-blooded)/ Edible + Medicinal Plants / Fungi / Wildflowers / Backpacking
Assistant Camp Director
Rachel previously spent three summers as an Explorer Camp counselor at the Cayuga Nature Center. Last summer she joined our administrative staff as our new Assistant Camp Director after completing her first year teaching as a middle school science teacher. Her favorite thing about nature is finding physics in the physical world. She currently holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Lifeguarding.
Ask me about: Geology / Astronomy / Soil Science / Composting
Manager of Animal Education
Savannah started at the Nature Center as an Animal Care Intern in 2014. She joined our summer camp team in 2016, leading our Animal and Critter camp programs and began her current position in 2017. Her association with the property, however, started before birth as her father spent ten years of his childhood living within the Lodge building with his family as caretakers before it was formally incorporated as the Cayuga Nature Center. Savannah likes to hike, camp, and study and she particularly enjoys bird watching. Her favorite thing about nature is all the critters you can find and see when you actually stop to look. She currently holds certifications in CPR and Basic First Aid.
Ask me about: Native Birds / Our Animal Ambassadors / Evolution and Adaptations