Berkshire Nature Camp | Staff

Counselors jumping up in air

Our staff of enthusiastic teacher-naturalists is dedicated to providing campers with a fun and memorable summer experience. In fact, many counselors were once campers themselves and have returned to share their appreciation of nature with today’s campers. 

Staff Selection Criteria

Staff are carefully selected based on their maturity, enthusiasm, teaching experience, natural history knowledge, and deep commitment to engaging campers with nature. 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: Gayle Tardif-Raser

Camp Director Gayle Tardif-Raser has more than 25 years of experience teaching youngsters about the nature of the Berkshires. She is well known by Berkshire County educators for bringing nature into the classroom. Her special interests include fish and salamanders, both of which can be found at Pleasant Valley. Gayle believes strongly that children have an innate affinity for the natural world and encourages them to carry this forward as they grow.

What Others Are Saying . . .

“Our camper loves Pleasant Valley and looks forward to returning every year. Gayle's visits to his elementary school around age 9 impressed a lot upon him years ago and he has loved it ever since. He is looking forward to LIT and camp staff possibilities.”

“I want to thank you for the counselors being wonderful.”