We are excited to welcome Maddi Green to our year-round team as our Outdoor Education Program Director. Maddi will take the lead in expanding our environmental and outdoor education programs as well as continuing to grow our phenomenal Co-Ed Day Camp.
A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Maddi studied history and education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She finds herself applying that background while working with youth and regularly pulls natural history into environmental studies programs. Maddi started her professional career working at camps in the Twin Cities. She has worked all over the country at different outdoor education centers and camps with the YMCA,Boys and Girls Clubs, and most recently at the Fresh Air Fund in New York.
Maddi loves seeing what kids can learn in an outdoor setting and the different perspectives they gain when experiencing hands-on, experiential learning outside of the classroom. She appreciates outdoor education because it provides an opportunity to work with a whole community, like an entire grade level of a school, who can take their experiences back home with them.
While there are so many exciting ways to teach kids outside, one of Maddi’s favorite activities are night hikes–they are a great way to encourage apprehensive students to see things in a new way, get engaged, and get excited. Her favorite camp song is Little Johnny England and we can’t wait to hear campers singing along on pontoon boat rides to and from Day Camp.
With all of the possibilities in expanding outdoor education at Camp Newaygo, Maddi is most excited to work with new schools, provide more opportunities for local schools to visit camp, and share the amazing outdoor education resources at Camp with students year-round. As she plans for an amazing summer of day camp, she can’t wait to meet all of the campers, get to know them, and have fun exploring and playing in the outdoors.
Maddi does the work she does because it is tons of fun, she is always learning new things herself, and she gets to see others learn new things every day!
Maddi is a great addition to the Camp Newaygo team and we can’t wait for you to meet her!