Stokes Summer Camp Instructors

We’re excited to be able to hire experienced and dedicated educators as a part of our summer camp team! Check out our instructors below!

For more information about our Camps and to register, click here!

 

Magpies Group (1st-2nd Grade)

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Riley Koch

Hi! My name is Riley. I am a Naturalist Educator and Preschool Teacher with Stokes Nature Center. I am originally from Southern Idaho, but have lived in Logan for the past 5 years. I graduated from Utah State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Previously I have been involved with monitoring crops for blights and diseases, assisting in the operation of the USU Compost Program, and performing animal captures and observations. In my free time I enjoy swimming, backpacking, hiking, and snowshoeing.

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Mara Braddy


My name is Mara Braddy and I'm a mountain-loving, wanna-be-dog-mom with a passion for nature education. I recently graduated from USU with a degree in Biology and hope to instill my love of nature, and especially plants, into the next generation of nature stewards. I've had many years of being a teacher and caretaker, going to far places like China and New York City. I recently wrapped up the school year at Stokes Nature Preschool, and now I'm excited to keep working with the SNC summer camps.

When I'm not soaking it the great outdoors with a group of kids, you can find me riding my yellow bike around town, taking pictures of all the flowers, doing yoga, or roller skating through the parks.

Owls Group (3rd-4th Grade)

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Shannon Rhodes

Shannon Rhodes has been a 5th and 4th grade elementary school teacher in Cache Valley for 9 years. Before that, she was an editor and proofreader for college textbooks for 17 years. In her free time, she likes to write, read, and paint with watercolors. She loves interesting rocks, hiking at sunset, and being with her family in Utah's deserts and mountains anytime she can. Pinecones, trilobites, and cumulonimbus clouds are her current favorite topics.

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Beth Arnold

Beth Arnold is currently a student at Utah State University studying Recreation Resource Management and Parks & Recreation and a Certified Interpretive Guide. She has been working with Stokes Nature Center as a Naturalist Educator Intern focusing on interpretation. Originally from Massachusetts, she loves to explore nature whenever the time arises. Beth is looking forward to exploring nature with the 3rd/4th graders this summer.

Jays Group (5th-6th Grade)

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Stu Baggaley

I’m Stu Baggaley. I am a 6th grade teacher from Edith Bowen Lab School. I love creating engaging curriculum and teaching it outdoors. I’m married with 3 kids and we love travelling and going on adventures. I’m so excited to be able to work with the 5-6th grade kids through this summer program!

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Cami Player

Cami is beyond excited to spend her summer adventuring in nature. She loves kids and loves to learn with and from them. Cami graduated from Utah State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. She now teaches 5th grade at Woodruff Elementary in Logan, and couldn’t love it more. Cami has been married for 3 years, and her husband studies Civil Engineering at Utah State. If Cami had her way, she would constantly be traveling and doing humanitarian work. Her favorite places she’s been include Madagascar and Cambodia. Cami is a peanut butter addict, a technology nerd, and a craft enthusiast. In her free time, Cami enjoys biking, hiking, photography, soccer, and reading a good book.

Ravens Group (7th-8th Grade)

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Jenn Lonero

I go by Jenn, I am currently working as a Naturalist Educator with Stokes Nature Center, focusing on teaching school field trip programs. My background is in habitat restoration and resource management, I'm from California and have my BS from San Jose State University. When going outdoors I'm usually hiking, backpacking, or camping with my 4 year old dog Bailey, and my husband. I have also been known to go SCUBA diving when the opportunity arises.

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Dacia Hunter


Dacia Hunter is currently a High School Earth Science and Biology teacher at Venture High School in Ogden, Utah. She has taught for four years, two in southern Idaho and two at Venture. Growing up in southern Idaho, she traveled extensively with her family camping and fishing throughout Idaho and Wyoming. Attending USU gave her the opportunity to explore all that Utah has to offer and expand her love of the outdoors! She loves traveling to places near and far, especially with her pup Shasta! She excited to be back at Stokes working with the 7th and 8th graders this summer!

High School Backpacking

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Patrick Kelly

Patrick is the Director of Education at Stokes Nature Center and has been working in outdoor and environmental education all over the country for over 10 years. He is an Eagle Scout, former Philmont Ranger and Rayado Ranger, was Trips Director for an international summer camp in Maine, was a Trip Leader for Florida State University, and most recently a professional naturalist and the Youth Programs Manager in Denali National Park, AK with the Denali Education Center. He is also an adjunct professor at Utah State University and Alaska Pacific University specializing in experiential and environmental education, and science communication. He has hundreds of nights in the backcountry under his belt, including time spent backpacking throughout Alaska, the Rockies, the Cascades, the Appalachians, and more. He is a Wilderness First Responder and always brings more water than he needs. In his spare time, Patrick loves to hike with his dog, play mandolin, bake bread, and hunt for wildflowers.

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Caitlin Arnett

My name is Caitlin. I am currently working as the graduate assistant for Outdoor Programs at Utah State and I have been working within college outdoor recreation and education for a little over 4 years. I started with Texas Tech University's Outdoor Pursuits Center leading trips in rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, and canoeing, while acting as the student manager of the climbing wall. I've spent most of my life in the Southwest and love the desert. I grew up in Texas and just recently moved to Utah in the late Summer of 2018. My free time is spent riding my bikes or fixing them up. I lead group rides with WomenMTB, a club based in Salt Lake, to help get more women hitting the trails and gaining confidence on two wheels. I also have my Wilderness First Responder certification and Swiftwater Rescue Certification. 

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