Ipswich River Day Camps - Camp Staff

Camp Staff at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Our caring, well-prepared counselors are actively engaged in teaching and playing with campers. The Ipswich River Nature Day Camps leadership team provides counselors with training, educational objectives, and activity ideas, and each staff member provides enthusiasm for outdoor exploration, the desire to educate, and a caring heart for children.

Together, we bring fun and learning to campers.

Staff Selection Criteria

Camp staff members are carefully selected for their maturity, caring attitude towards children, and competence in the fields of natural history, outdoor education, and leadership. All staff must pass background checks and receive training in safety, child development, and nature study. All group leaders are certified in first aid and CPR. Counselors have teaching experience and a commitment to educating children about the nature world.

Camp Director: Scott Santino

Scott Santino, Ipswich River Day Camp Director

Scott Santino has been Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary’s lead teacher-naturalist and camp director since 2001. A graduate of Westfield State University, he fell in love with nature during many field labs in the wilderness of western Massachusetts. Scott develops and teaches programs for youth audiences including schools, scout groups, and families, and leads many of the camp canoe trips each summer. Scott’s two sons have participated in the Topsfield camp for many years and can’t wait to comeback each summer.


Marblehead Site Director: Cori Brauer

Cori Brauer, Ipswich River Marblehead camp site director

Cori Brauer began at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009 as a camp education counselor. She holds a bachelor of science in biology and a master of science in natural resources, and she loves drawing upon her formal education to develop fun and creative activities that teach nature concepts and connection. During the school year, Cori serves as the sanctuary’s education coordinator, sharing her passion for environmental education with school groups, scouts, and families.


Essex Site Director: Kim LoGrasso

Kim LoGrasso grew up exploring the fields, forests, and marine habitats in her native town of Rockport, Massachusetts. She joined the staff in 1995 and is currently Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary’s youth education manager. A former classroom teacher and scout leader, Kim graduated from Lesley University, where she majored in education. Combining her love of education, her passion for the environment, and her delight in seeing children discover the wonders of nature, Kim is devoted to teaching, creating, and developing programs for Mass Audubon.


What Others are Saying . . .

“Great staff, wonderful interactions observed from a parent perspective. I am so glad we send our son here! I have worked at summer camps in the past as an aquatics director, this was a wonderful experience.”—Camp Parent