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Meet Our VINS Nature Camp Staff
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Sarah Sincerbeaux, Lead, Nature Camp and Adult Programs
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Sarah SincerbeauxSarah Sincerbeaux loves living in the Upper Valley and is excited by the new challenges she faces as Lead for Nature Camp and Adult Programs at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.
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During college, Sarah spent summers as a counselor and backpacking instructor at an overnight camp in Fairlee, returning eventually to manage the Camp-craft department. For four years, she moved between Big Sky, Montana, where she taught skiing, and Hartford, Vermont, where she held various positions with VINS. She already has served two summers as Lead Counselor for VINS Nature Camp and also has spent two seasons as an Environmental Education Intern, providing educational programs at the VINS Nature Center as well as handling and training the raptors.
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More recently, Sarah has become involved with the Upper Valley’s blossoming farm-to-table movement. She served as the activities coordinator for the White River Junction Community Garden, managed the Hartland Farmers’ Market, and worked closely with the Hartland Recreation Department and Upper Valley Farm to School Network to develop a garden program for campers. Sarah also taught gardening and farm education at Farms for City Kids, an organization that provides opportunities for classes of inner city youth to spend a week at a Vermont dairy farm.
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Sarah recently earned her MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England where she concentrated on Education. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the summer, and hiking with her dogs all year round. Sarah is excited to take on a new role with VINS, an organization she feels deeply connected to. She can recall being a VINS camper when the organization was at its original site in Woodstock, Vermont, and is looking forward to creating wonderful lasting memories for campers this coming summer and beyond.
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Julie Kozak, Nature Camp Assistant
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JulieJulie Kozak has her BS in Wildlife from Unity College in Maine and her MEd in Elementary Education from Antioch University New England.
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She has held a variety of jobs in the fields of wildlife and education ranging from working as a vulture nest biologist in the Golan Heights of Israel, to working in Ohio and Massachusetts as a field educator. She has worked as an environmental youth developer in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, as well as a classroom teacher in Maine and Vermont. Last summer, Julie joined the VINS Nature Camp community as a Lead, Nature Camp Instructor.
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For the past year, Julie has been working with children ages birth to three years old at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School. She is excited to return to working with our elementary and middle school aged campers, as well as the adolescents in VINS’ L-I-T program this summer. Julie enjoys making things from scratch, being in the outdoors, learning new skills, and connecting with people of all ages and all walks of life.

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Dan Peipert, Wilderness Skills Instructor
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DanDan Peipert is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont, where he earned his BS in Neuroscience. He has a passion for scientific research and education. He has previously worked in environmental and clinical research in both Vermont and Missouri.
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Dan spent several summers as a cabin counselor, canoeing trip leader, and rock climbing climbing instructor at YMCA Camp Icaghowan in Wisconsin. There he enjoyed helping campers learn and grow through outdoor engagement. After several summers working at a YMCA overnight camp, Dan is incredibly excited to gain some new experiences as a Wilderness Skills Instructor at VINS.
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Dan loves staying active with running, skiing, and hiking. He has his mother to thank for his love for gardening and cooking. Throughout his entire life, Dan has played viola and loves preforming with his quartet at weddings and nursing homes. Dan can't wait for this summer with VINS Nature Camp so he can resume his greatest passion: working with young people in camping and outdoor education.

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