Arcadia Nature Day Camp | Staff

Arcadia camp staff jumping

Our staff is passionate about sharing the joy and excitement of the outdoors with children. In fact, many are Arcadia Nature Day Camp alums! Year after year, we are proud to receive exceptional feedback from camp families.

Staff Selection Criteria

Our counselors are carefully chosen for their enthusiasm, experience, knowledge, and ability to work with children in an outdoor setting. They are college graduates or undergraduates who work in or study an environmental or educational field. All undergo background and reference checks, are CPR and First Aid certified, and attend an intensive training program prior to the start of camp.

Camp Director: Patti Steinman

Patti Steinman, Arcadia Nature Camp Director

Patti has been part of the Mass Audubon family for over 28 years. Before coming to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, she was Camp Director at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Summer Camp in Milton.

Patti has a Master of Science from Antioch University New England and is past president of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES), and a former board member of the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA). In 2011, Patti received the 2011 Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year award from NEEEA.

One of Patti’s favorite parts of camp is seeing children develop a sense of place at Arcadia as they transition from Woolly Bear to Counselor!

Assistant Camp Director: Samantha Hopper

In addition to the role of Assistant Camp Director, Sam is an Arcadia Preschool Teacher during the school year. She is certified by the Department of Early Education and Care and has many years of experience teaching young children. Sam is certified in first aid and CPR, and attends professional development classes as a member of Mass Audubon’s Education Team.

Assistant Camp Director: Laura Tate Beltran

As an Environmental Educator, Laura creates and leads programs for homeschoolers, scouts, day cares, camps, families, and adults at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Laura is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience in environmental ed. She holds an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from St. Lawrence University.

What Others are Saying . . .

“Arcadia is a summer highlight each year. They particularly enjoy hiking and think the counselors are amazing.” 

“Every year the camp gets better and better because the staff never stops striving or caring. They are motivated to share their love of nature with the next generation.”