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Support Staff Bios

Camp Staff

Britt - DDC Lead 

Hi! I am Britt and I'm so excited to be back for my twelfth summer as a Little Cheese! I'm a native Seattle girl and spent lots of time exploring the zoo when I was camper-sized. As a grown-up, I graduated from UW and now I'm on faculty at Seattle Children's Theatre! I teach at lots of schools, but love spending my summer vacation at the zoo. When you see me, ask me why I think the slow loris is the coolest animal on the planet!

Emily D - Registrar

Hi! My name is Emily. I am originally from the East Coast, and have a degree in Environmental Education. I also have a love for anything nature. I spend most of my days chilling with penguins, hanging with horses, walking dogs, and telling jokes. However, my favorite thing to do is share the amazing wonders of the zoo with anyone and everyone I can. I cannot wait to meet all of you, and have lots of fun at Zooper Day Camp at Woodland Park Zoo!


Emily GN - Support Staff

Hello! My name is Emily. I am a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education. I love teaching, both in the classroom and outside of it. I've worked with kiddos in outdoor science classes, at the Tacoma Art Museum, and for the last two summers at Woodland Park Zoo! I'm excited to return for new adventures with this year's campers. I cannot wait to see what we learn together!

Camp Staff

Jessie - Camp Supervisor

“Aoooooo!” Hello everyone! I’m Jessie, or the Alpha Dog at camp! I have overseen camps at the zoo for five years, but I have been in the environmental education field practically since I could walk. From seals to volcanoes to seeds, cultivating love of nature is my life’s work. When I’m not at the zoo, you can find me geocaching, hiking, or working in my garden. I can never pick just one favorite animal, but turkey vultures have a special place in my heart.

Kathie - Kinder Camp Lead/Registrar

Hi there, campers! My name is Kathie and I have been working with zoo camp for 12 years! I have always loved animals, but I truly fell in love with nature while in college at Humboldt State University in northern California. You will usually find me trying to make people giggle or jumping in puddles with campers. I believe that everyday should be an adventure and I look forward to sharing a new adventure with all of you!

Camp Staff

Margaret - Assoc. Director of Education

My name is Margaret and I am “The Big Cheese!” That means I am in charge of all of the zoo's camps. I have been a supervisor at WPZ for over 20 years and have been in charge of the day camps since 2002. I love working with camps and creating fun, engaging opportunities for kids. When I am not in camp, I love to get out on grounds to see all our amazing animals (especially the bats and red pandas) - even after 20 years I still learn new things every day! I cannot wait to see all my returning friends this summer and to meet many new friends at camp!

Camp Staff

Natalie - Registrar

Hello friends! My name is Natalie and I love learning about animals and how they live. I’ve traveled to many parts of the world and am committed to protecting wildlife and nature. Zoo camp has a special place in my heart and I love having a job that allows others to create special memories here at Woodland Park Zoo. This is my second summer at the zoo and I am super excited to spend it sharing experiences with you!

Camp Staff

Renee - Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Renee and I can’t wait to show you around the zoo! I love visiting all the animals and discovering something new every day. On the weekends I spend as much time outside as I can rock climbing, hiking and canoeing with my family and friends. I’m excited to bring my experience from teaching preschool and being an interpretive ranger with National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to the zoo. See you this summer! 


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