Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Meet the Summer Camp Staff 2019!

Meet Ms. Taryn!

Ms. Taryn is our Education Director/Camp Director. She has been with GTCD for almost five years. You may have met her when she was teaching or in the Nature Center. When Ms. Taryn is not at the Nature Center, she is on her small farm in Omena with her family. She has a daughter, Maeve, who likes to help with summer camp check in. Ms. Taryn loves all things outside and can’t wait for the warm weather so she can play at the beach.

Meet Ms. Rachel!

Rachel is a Traverse City native currently living in Interlochen, Michigan. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Rachel worked in numerous roles before finding her way to the GTCD. A pre-k teacher, state worker at Leelanau State Park, an Explorer Guide at Interlochen State Park, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member and a Wildlife Assistant for the Michigan DNR are just to name a few. Rachel is also a certified Project Learning Tree and Project WILD facilitator. Overall, Rachel’s experience has led her to find her passion for educating all ages about nature. In her spare time she enjoys running her photography business and exploring everything Michigan has to offer with her husband and her goofy golden retriever, Rosco. Come say hello to her at our nature center!


Meet Ms. Madeline!

Ms. Madeline is a another Traverse City Native and is returning for her second summer at nature camp. She is the camp coordinator this summer and Nature Camp is one of her favorite places to be. She is a senior at Michigan State University studying special education with a focus in learning disabilities. Nature education is something Madeline will include in her teaching as she works in the classroom. When she has free time you can find Madeline paddle boarding, doing yoga, singing and being outside. She is so excited for another summer of fun!

Meet Ms. Liv!

Liv graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree from the Program in the Environment. She has always had a love for nature and a fierce passion for protecting the environment. She is so excited for the opportunity to work with the GTCD towards conserving this beautiful part of Michigan and helping to inspire children to love Michigan and it’s natural wonders as much as she does.
Meet Ms. Paige

Born and raised in Traverse City, Paige MacKinnon returned home to pursue a career in environmental education after obtaining a BS in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. She is thrilled to be returning to Nature Day Camp for a second summer, and is looking forward to inspiring young minds to cultivate a love for science and the outdoors!In her free time, Paige enjoys relaxing with a good book, obsessing over all dogs, attending country music concerts, and doing anything outdoors—especially hiking and fishing. When she’s not enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan’s beaches and forests, you can find her coaching the freshman volleyball team at Traverse City Central High School.

Meet Ms. Maggie

Maggie is a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Arts & Humanities and Psychology with hopes of becoming a therapist. She loves reading, writing, and music. This is her second year at the Nature Center, and she is so excited for a fun summer at camp!

Meet Ms. Macy

Originally from Midland, Macy is excited to live in the Traverse City area this summer! After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Natural Resources Management and Biology, Macy worked in several positions before finding her way to GTCD. A trap tender for Idaho Fish and Game, a math teacher at Pellston Elementary School, and a wildlife technician for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to name a few. Macy recently served as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey. There she led Watershed Academy, an environmental education program for high schoolers. Macy is most looking forward to rock hunting, hiking, and swimming in Lake Michigan this summer.



Meet Ms. Corrine!

If you can’t find me, I’m probably outside somewhere. I love being outdoors and all the activities that come with it. Whether its hiking, biking, running, tennis, to cross country skiing, I enjoy it all. And when I’m not outdoors, I’m probably reading a book. I graduated with an Environmental Science degree at Taylor University. I’m from Ohio and this past semester I have been living in Michigan and love seeing the state through its seasonal changes. While here I have learned that I love working with students and using environmental education as a tool to empower youth to explore and learn about what goes unnoticed.