2021 SUMMER CAMP STAFF
The new small-group format means that our campers will get more individual attention than ever this year! Meet our 2021 summer camp staff below.
Summer Camp Director & Education Manager
Heidi has been with Bluff Lake since 2018, when she fell in love with the natural beauty of Colorado and decided to relocate from her hometown in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology focused on education and health psychology. She loves working with kids, hiking, biking, gardening, and bird watching. Her favorite thing about Bluff Lake is seeing kids’ wonder and natural curiosity as they explore and learn about the outdoors!
Camp Counselor, Environmental Educator, and AmeriCorps Service Member
Carly is Bluff Lake’s Colorado Association for Environmental Education- AmeriCorps program 2020-2021 member. She is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Environmental Studies and Elementary Education. Throughout college, she interned at several environmental non-profits, worked in field-based research labs, and taught in classrooms with students of all ages. Carly is excited to work with youth and get them excited about our beautiful outdoors!
Chira is one of Bluff Lake’s Colorado Association for Environmental Education- AmeriCorps program 2021 members. Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chira has developed a love for animals and the outdoors, exhibiting this through international conservation projects, working with students ages 5-12 at city summer camps, and facilitating energy education activities for high school students. She is excited to serve and bring our youth closer to nature and get them excited about being outside! Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding, occasional skiing, and tasting new ice cream. Chira will graduate in May 2021 from Regis University with her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and minors in Mathematics and Physical Education and is eager to see where serving at Bluff Lake will take her in the future.
Arrianna recently moved to Denver from San Diego where she grew up. She got her BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and while there fell in love with the Bay Area. She lived in San Francisco for a few more years after she graduated. Arrianna is very passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle and teaching the next generation about environmental education. She believes that this is the key to combating the climate crisis.
We are thrilled to have Kristin returning for her second consecutive summer as a counselor at Bluff Lake Summer Camp! Kristin is a Colorado native attending CU Boulder and studying Psychology. Her hobbies include skiing, skateboarding, and hiking. She loves all things outdoors and is very passionate about environmental sustainability.
Marcia was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University and has taught art for 6 years as well as being a henna artist during the summer. She owns her own company, Old Soul Henna and has travelled all over the US working at festivals. She enjoys hiking with her 11 year old Border Collie/ Australian Shepherd, Skyy and wants to share her passion for the outdoors.
Nicholas was born and raised here in occupied Arapaho and Cheyenne territory, in the valleys and plains below the front range of the rocky mountains. They grew up playing outside, and observing the web of life that thrived in their childhood backyard and along the ditch behind the neighborhood. In adulthood Nicholas has spent a majoity of their time outside as well; in gardens behind preschools, on farms and homesteads, or in the wilderness as a guide for youth. Learning and Teaching and Being, with Nature and with young humans is what has brought Nicholas to Bluff Lake Nature Center.
Austin was born and raised in New York. He has a Bachelor’s degree in special education/childhood education. He has just recently moved to Boulder this summer because of his love for the outdoors. He has grown up always loving the outdoors, exploring, hiking and skiing. He has frequently traveled to the Adirondacks region and hiked many high peaks and hopes to someday hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. He looks forward to many hikes in the Colorado mountains.
Katie was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Growing up she enjoyed activities such as hiking and skiing. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Marine Affairs at the University of Miami as well as minors in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Africana Studies. She looks forward to providing an educational and fun camp for the kids this summer.
Jay was born in Las Vegas where he has worked with kids for over 6 years. He got the chance to become an instructor with an after school program while he played semi professional soccer. After that first year he went on to become site leader for that program, instructional assistant, PE assistant, SPED instructional assistant, and soccer coach. He’s new to the area and is excited to join Bluff Lake and is looking forward to a great summer!