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Our Board

Eric - he/him

Founder / Wild Foods Taste Tester

Program Director / NYS DEC Guide / Archery Coach

 

Eric is the Program Director for The Rewilding School. He develops our programs, trains staff, and much, much more.

 

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 in 2016, Eric had a decade of teaching environmental summer camps in New York, residential outdoor education in California, ancestral 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 LinkedIn account.

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Devyn - she/her

Administrative Manager

Devyn joined The Rewilding School in Spring 2021, where she provides vital administrative support to ensure the well-being of staff and participants. She currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and English, alongside a minor in Professional Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She gained valuable experience as an administrative professional in educational organizations prior to joining The Rewilding School, making her a critical asset behind the scenes. In addition to her role, Devyn also serves on the board for our co-op, guiding strategic initiatives. She currently works remotely in Florida and enjoys quality time with her family, along with outdoor activities like kayaking and camping. Devyn and her husband welcomed their first child in Spring 2023, adding to their joy and adventures.

Jessie - she/her

Outdoor Educator - Site Supervisor

 

Jessie’s naturalist passions jumpstarted in 2016 as Program Director Eric’s mentee. When we started The Rewilding School in 2017 she joined us as an instructor. Together they spearheaded most of The Rewilding School programs. Jessie combines her love of nature with her enthusiasm for teaching and is continuously inspired by the way kids and nature teach her as much as she strives to nurture them. She aspires to continue her path as an Outdoor Educator specializing in Ethnobotany, Wildlife Biology, and Child Psychology.

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Ryan - he/him

Outdoor Educator - Site Supervisor

Ryan joined The Rewilding School in Fall 2020, but he has been an Environmental Educator since 2009. He has taught 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.

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Our Team

Deirdre Jahn - she/her

Outdoor Educator - Preschool

Deirdre has been working at educational summer camps for over ten years, where she has taught programs in nature, outdoor living, nature crafts, fishing, campfire cooking, and more. Deirdre has a masters in Education from SUNY New Paltz, and has been working in childcare and early childhood education since graduating college. Deirdre moved to the Hudson Valley after working at summer camps here and falling in love with the area. When she isn’t teaching Preschool at The Rewilding School, Deirdre enjoys hiking, swimming in the Hudson, discovering local towns, attending festivals and events, and watercolor painting.

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Elijah - he/him

Outdoor Educator - Preschool

Elijah’s naturalist interest came from years of participating in science research programs and field studies of super organisms. After learning about The Rewilding School through his little brother's impactful experience with nature, he knew he had to be a part of it. His great experiences with The Rewilding School have directed him towards studying psychology and childhood education in order to be the best teacher he can be. Joining the team in the summer of 2022, Elijah has been given the unofficial title of “games master” for his constant desire to keep things fun. Since joining, his favorite skills to share with students have been fishing, camouflage, friction fire, and sword fighting.

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Haley Cooper she/her

Outdoor Educator - Preschool

Haley joined the Rewilding School in Fall 2022, but has been working with children in a school, camp and coaching setting since 2012. She was born and raised in Stamford Connecticut, and is currently studying psychology at Norwalk Community College. She’s inspired to become a child psychologist with her passion for learning more about the brain and making a difference in children’s lives. Her love of nature and the woods began when her parents brought her and her brother hiking as babies, and continued when she became a girl scout throughout elementary school. Her hobbies include playing piano, hiking with her dog, camping, gardening, and cooking.

Nicholas Morfea - he/him

Outdoor Educator - Archery & Wild Summer

Primitive Tools Guy

 

Nick continues as an Apprentice Teacher at The Rewilding School. Starting as a CIT and working his way up, Nick enjoys creating and sharing a love for our environment and skills. 

 

Outside of Rewilding, Nick is a Yorktown High School student. His hobbies include mechanics, blacksmithing, mountain biking, offroading, and primitive survival. He loves working in nature with a hands-on approach. In the past year, Nick has joined Gary and Eric in the archery program. He looks forward to sharing his skills and love for nature.

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Gary - he/him

The Archery Guy 

 

Gary began meeting and working with Eric around 2017, and officially joined The Rewilding School in 2019. He grew up in the Bronx and ended up in Yonkers where his outdoor experience began. His neighbor taught him how to shoot a shotgun and handle hunting dogs. Those experiences got him into archery, fishing, camping, and hiking.

 

Gary teaches our traditional archery program and guides both young and old archers into this wonderful sport. Along with archery, his other interests include fishing, hiking, and camping.  You’re just as likely to see him on one of our campouts as on our range.  As he slows down he’s looking forward to more fly fishing. Even if there's not a bite, he gets to enjoy the outdoors.

Hope Yoders - she/her

Administrative Assistant

 

Hope assists with the day to day admin that ensures our programs run smoothly for staff and program participants. She earned her B.A. in Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management from the University of Central Florida and went on to receive her M.A. from Boulder Journey School and University of Colorado Denver's Innovative Early Childhood Education program. Hope recently returned to the US after seven years teaching and traveling in Vietnam. Located in Southwest Florida, Hope enjoys trail explorations with her three dogs, reading, photography, yoga,and enjoying the Florida sunshine at the beach.

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Jon - he/him

Media Coordinator

Jon is the lead on creative branding and strategy for the school. If you've ever seen one of our social media posts, that's him you're talking to! When he isn't on site taking photographs and videos, he's probably cutting some content or tweaking the website.
 

Jon is also a podcast producer, concert photographer, and likes to spend his time outside at a local river or lake. He wears a lot of hats for the school, but mostly the kids just call him "Camera Guy".

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