Nature Camp Staff

Sarah Strew

SARAH STREW

Lead Nature Camp & Adult Programs

Sarah has been the Lead for Nature Camp and Adult Programs at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science since 2014. Sarah feels deeply connected to VINS, and its camp program specifically, as she can recall being a VINS camper when the organization was at its original site in Woodstock, Vermont

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 as a Lead Counselor for camp and also as an Environmental Education Intern, providing educational programs at the Nature Center as well as handling and training the raptors.

Prior to stepping into her current position, Sarah was involved with various educational efforts in the Upper Valley. She earned her MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England where she concentrated in Education. Sarah loves living in the Upper Valley and the lifestyle it affords her. 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.

Julie Kozak

JULIE KOZAK

Nature Camp Assistant

Julie has her BS in Wildlife from Unity College in Maine and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Antioch University New England.

She has held a variety of jobs in the fields of wildlife and education ranging from working as a vulture nest biologist in Israel to working in Ohio and Massachusetts as an outdoor 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. Julie joined the VINS Nature Camp community in 2016 as a Lead Nature Camp Instructor. Since 2017, Julie has worked as the VINS Nature Camp Assistant.

Julie currently works as a lead teacher in a combined preschool/kindergarten classroom at the Mountain Village School during the school year. She is excited to return to VINS as the Nature Camp Assistant to work not only with our campers and staff but also with the adolescents in VINS’ L-I-T program.  

Outside of teaching Julie enjoys non-fiction books, cooking, spontaneous adventures, being in the outdoors, letter writing, her flock of ducks, and the company of fun people of any age.

Grace King

GRACE KING

Lead Raptor Camp Instructor

Grace is very excited to be joining VINS this summer for her second year of Nature Camp! Grace graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. While in college, she focused on nature-based education and spent her summers working with kids outside and helping develop nature-centric curriculum for schools in Cleveland, Ohio. Since, she has been living in the Upper Valley working as a nature-based preschool teacher and as a nanny. She’s currently working towards a Master’s in Communication and Public Relations as a way to tie her passion for the outdoors with public outreach and non-profit work.

Growing up down the street from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and spending each summer at Girl Scout Camp in the park sparked her interest in science and the natural world. Her hope is to one day work in a National Park leading educational programming. She enjoys hiking, birding, cooking, skiing, and spending time with her pets at home.

Perri Haga

PERRI HAGA

Raptor Camp Instructor

Perri is from Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a junior at Lipscomb University in Tennessee studying Molecular Biology. The past two summers, Perri has worked as the Bird Information, Research and Data Intern at Warner Parks in Nashville doing research on two barn swallow colonies that live there. That’s taught her so much about bird nesting and migration and she was so pumped to share that with folks at the park! Perri has been volunteering in children’s ministry since middle school, and most recently has loved working with kids through Nashville Inner City Ministry. In her free time, she likes making crafts with repurposed material and going on hikes with her roommate! Perri is super looking forward to seeing the new plants and animals (and people) in Vermont!