The Nation's Premier Environmental Education Program

Camp Lake Faculty and Staff

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Geoffrey E. Bishop

Executive Director

Geoffrey E. Bishop, hails from the bush in North West NSW, Australia. After his childhood spent on his family’s sheep station he went to an agricultural boarding school for five years, and then to University in both Sydney and Melbourne where he studied Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

For the next 10 years he traveled the world, visiting over 80 countries, where he spent most of his time trekking in rural areas, learning cultures and understanding his place in the world.

In 1996 Geoffrey started Nature’s Classroom Institute of Wisconsin, Inc. NCI is a residential environmental education program serving schools throughout the Midwest. The Nature’s Classroom Institute program helps students understand the natural environment, participate in ecosystem exploration and study, and work together with their peers and teachers as a community. The program includes activities such as confidence-building, group challenges, historical simulations, scientific explorations, and many more hands-on academic lessons.

After developing a strong academic and environmental outdoor based curriculum, he formed Nature’s Classroom Montessori School that blends the core philosophy of Montessori with his environmental principles. The past Board Chair of the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education (WAEE), he has been honored by WAEE as Wisconsin Non-Formal Educator of the Year.

Nature’s Classroom is on 400 acres in the small rural community of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Geoffrey’s passionate and sustained focus over the past 15 years has been on organics and sustainability in schools while promoting getting children back outdoors and helping adults understand the importance of instinctive play in the natural world.

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Carrie Benzinger

Director of Outreach

After joining Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School in February 2018, Carrie also joined the NCI Lake Geneva WI team in October 2018.

Carrie grew up in the Milwaukee area, is married, has 3 sons and currently lives in the Mukwonago area. She enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

Carrie is interested in everything Nature’s Classroom Institute (and Montessori School) offers students and is eager to learn much more about the entire program.

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Baylee G.

Education Director

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Josh

Environmental Educator

Josh went to school at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he got his bachelors in Marine Biology and worked as Lab Coordinator for the Plastic Ocean Project non-profit group. He also attended the University of Alaska Southeast, where he attained his certifications for Scientific diving, rescue diving, and cold water survival training.

 

When not educating, Josh enjoys taking hikes in nature, reading, and gaming. He is Passionate about environmental conservation and research, and is eager to share this passion with the next generation of researchers and nature enthusiasts.

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Breeann

Environmental Educator

Breeann graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s in Biology and has traveled the country and beyond researching aquatic and marine environments. She has studied everything from dwarf seahorses in the seagrass meadows of Florida to salmon populations in the cool waters of the Pacific Northwest.

 

She also has a passion for traveling and discovering new things. She feels at home in the outdoors and can spend hours on the water watching the ecosystem at play. In her years as a teacher with Bricks 4 Kidz, she has endeavored to make learning hands-on and exciting. Most of all, she is an avid storyteller and loves sharing the wonders of science to all ages.

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Emma

Environmental Educator

Emma is a dedicated wildlife conservationist who received her bachelors in Environmental Design, with a focus in Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dedicated to the preservation of the planet, she is particularly interested in ecological sciences and environmental education, and hopes to one day open up her own nature center and education program.

As a Florida native, she enjoys kayaking and various water activities, along with wildlife photography, travel, and the arts. Brought up in a family who loves to travel to the farthest ends of the Earth, she became a world traveler at a young age and plans to continue these adventures while spreading the word of conservation.

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Jordan

Environmental Educator

Born in New York City, Jordan went to school at SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York, where he was surrounded by people just as passionate about the natural world. Studying Conservation Biology, Jordan understood the importance of strong environmental education for youth, firmly believing every child deserves an experience in the wild.

Jordan’s main focus in university has been studying herpetology – the study of reptiles and amphibians. Traveling across the country as an assistant to a wildlife photographer, Jordan has expertise in looking for snakes, frogs, salamanders, and turtles. Some of the places he’s traveled to look for animals include the Sonoran Desert, the Adirondack Mountains, the Florida Everglades, and the Great Dismal Swamp. In addition to his work with wildlife photography, Jordan has also worked on projects involving land management with land trusts and environmentally conscious farms, where he developed strategies to improve local mammal populations, and also find ways to use the land to promote environmental education.