Boston Nature Center Summer Camp | Staff

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We believe that a great camp experience begins with a great staff. To ensure a high-quality camp experience, we provide staff with training before the start of camp and throughout the summer, giving them the tools and strategies needed for a successful summer. Camp leadership also supports continued staff development by providing educational resources, daily check-ins, and evaluations throughout the summer.

Camp Director at Mattapan — Kim Baker (she/her)

Kim Baker joined the Boston Nature Center in 2013 as assistant camp director, and fell in love with the amazing camp community. In addition to her role as camp director, she is an education coordinator at BNC and works during the school year with the Boston Environmental Schools Initiative Program (BSEI) to support, mentor, and coach Boston Public School teachers with environmental education curriculum integration. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, Kim worked in urban environmental education outreach in New York, Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She holds a master of science in environmental education and a bachelor of arts in environmental studies.

Camp Director at West Roxbury — Chelsea Gutierrez (she/her)

Chelsea Gutierrez began as a Boston Nature Center (BNC) Summer Camp Counselor in 2014 and transitioned into the role of Assistant Director in 2017. Today, she is Camp Director at our Roxbury Latin location. Chelsea is also a Teacher-Naturalist at BNC, educating children about nature through her work with schools and families. Prior to beginning her work at BNC, Chelsea received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and interned with Mass Audubon in 2013.

Education Manager — Erin Kelly (she/her)

Erin Kelly has been supervising Boston Nature Center (BNC) Summer Camp for ten years, before which she was Camp Director at sleep-away camps in New York and Connecticut. Erin fell in love with camp as a child in New Jersey, and her passion grew over the years as she transitioned from Counselor, to Waterfront Director, to Program Director, to Assistant Director, and finally, to Camp Director. As BNC’s Education Manager, Erin uses her camp experience, combined with 15 years of outdoor environmental education experience, to design programs that meet the needs of urban audiences. She directs and coordinates BNC Teacher-Naturalists for public programs, school field trips, and the sanctuary’s Youth Leader program. Erin earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and an M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. She is also a Certified Preschool Director.

Our Camp Staff

Well-trained counselors and junior counselors build a safe and supportive atmosphere where campers can learn, have fun, and share in the joy and excitement of the outdoors. Low counselor-to-camper ratios ensure that children stay safe and are engaged with role models who are creative, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.

We hire a diverse staff, many members of whom are in college or have graduated with an environmental or education degree. We also hire high school students who are former campers and teens from our Youth Leader program to act as junior counselors. We look for counselors who have experience working with children, who are caring and compassionate, and who will join in the fun and silly atmosphere of camp.

All staff must pass background checks and receive training in safety, child development, and nature study. Camp staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Junior counselors receive additional training through the Leaders-in-Training program or BNC’s Youth Leaders program. They are at least 16 years of age and are partnered with and directly supervised by camp counselors.

What Others Are Saying . . .

"My time as the Environmental Leadership Teen program educator taught me that the youth of today are passionate leaders. They are grateful for having the opportunity to enjoy nature and are using their voices to make sure that same privilege is extended for generations to come." –Camp Staff

"During my time working at the BNC I saw the full spectrum of children finding a love for nature. Working with younger campers I watched as they explored nature—observing caterpillars turning into butterflies or discovering the diversity of trees on our walks. In the older groups I saw curiosity turn into respect and a drive to protect nature, with many campers asking for ways to get involved in environmental activism." –Camp Staff