Eric & Megan finding local arrowhead tubers, which can be stomped and boiled for a good starchy meal!
Eric - he/him
Founder / Wild Foods Taste Tester
NYS DEC Guide / Archery Coach
Eric graduated from SUNY Environmental Science magna cum laude with a B.S. in Natural History and Interpretation and minors in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric and Recreation Resources Management.
Prior to founding The Rewilding School, Eric taught environmental summer camps in New York, residential outdoor education in California, primitive skills in Oregon, and teambuilding in Massachusetts and right here in Westchester. He also founded and directed the Muscoot Naturalist Summer Camp. When not out in the woods Eric enjoys cooking, swing dancing, and trying not to buy everything in used bookstores.
You can see more about Eric at his Linked In account.
Megan - they/she/them/her
Manager / Get it done'r!
Megan is the Administrative Director / Manager / person who gets it done from behind the scenes. They have a background in emergency management and global health, a love of the outdoors, and the personality of a cat-lizard hybrid who just wants to lay in the sun in the grass. They enjoy exploring new places, making art, and building a home in the Lower Hudson Valley. Megan is also reconnecting with their ancestral Ashkenazi Jewish roots and exploring herbalism.
Jessie - she/her
Outdoor Educator - Site Supervisor
Jessie is pursuing her dream to combine her love of nature with her enthusiasm for teaching. She aspires to become an Outdoor Educator and Naturalist specializing in Ethnobotany and Wildlife Biology (otherwise known as the Plants & Animals Nature Teacher).
You'll rarely find a camera on her face rather than in her hands.
Ryan - he/him
Outdoor Educator - Site Supervisor
Ryan has been an Environmental Educator since 2009, teaching diverse curriculum such as Renewable Energy Technology in Maine Classrooms to Orienteering in the Poconos. One of Ryan's first jobs out of college was an SCA internship based in Stonykill Farm. Ten years later and he has come back to the Hudson Valley. Ryan strongly adheres to a jack-of-all-trades mindset, with hobbies such as bushcraft camping and gear making, live action wargaming, leatherworking, historical methods of cooking and fire making, cat petting, beer brewing, film collecting, and much, much more.
Cathy - she/her
Outdoor Educator - Wildlings / Homeschool
Cathy grew up in Westchester County and is currently raising her own family here. An avid hiker, Cathy loves nothing more than to explore many of the local and Hudson Valley trails with her two dogs. When the opportunity arises to travel further and climb a high peak, she jumps on it. Cathy has very recently been certified as a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide- and truly enjoys sharing the wonder of the natural world with others. She is currently honing her fire building and bird identification skills. A former children's television producer, Cathy has always been amazed and inspired by children's imaginations. She is grateful to be able to combine her love for the outdoors with her passion for being with children.
Mark - he/him
Outdoor Educator - Preschool / Summer
What the heck are "Seawolves?" Mark has no idea. But in 2013, he graduated from Stony Brook University, where that's the name of all their athletic teams. He's also earned an Associate's Degree in Natural Sciences at Mesalands Community College in sunny Tucumcari, New Mexico. Out west, Mark used to dig up fossils and help prepare them for display or study at the local paleontology museum. Ask him about dinosaurs sometime.
Altogether, Mark's got more than seven years of experience in outdoor education. His other passions include campouts, freelance writing, Italian eateries, old monster movies, and the world of theater.