Camp Leadership"Pine Tree" Paul Arthur President, Nokuse Education, Inc. Director, E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center An entrepreneur turned naturalist/educator; Paul has been with the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center since 2010. He found his passion for educating children by working at Van R. Butler Elementary School as a substitute teacher and Paraprofessional. Paul is currently the President of Nokuse Education Inc. and Director of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The Biophilia Center is the perfect spot for Paul to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors by teaching future generations the importance of conservation and preservation. Paul lives in Freeport with his wife Heather and their three children: D.R., Lindy and Lillie. “Treefrog” Tess Miller Director, Camp Longleaf Tess has been part of the Biophilia team since 2013. She earned a degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania in 2012. After college, Tess worked for Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio as an environmental educator for their residential school program and as a camp counselor during the summer. Tess has spent 6 years at the Biophilia Center gaining leadership and administrative experience in many capacities. Aside from being an educator, she is responsible for managing the Center’s curriculum and lesson plans and all overnight programs, including “Naturalists Outdoors” for out of town schools. She was elected to help develop and manage Camp Longleaf in 2016. She is very excited to get the summer fun started! “Indigo Mo” Morgan Rogers Program Director, Camp Longleaf Morgan joined the Biophilia and Camp Longleaf team in the fall of 2018. Morgan grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where she stayed to earn her bachelor’s degree in biology from Birmingham-Southern College. During the school year, she is an environmental educator and assists with the center’s public relations. She spent ten summers as both camper and counselor at a summer camp near Birmingham, and she can’t wait to get back to the camp world as Program Director with Camp Longleaf! “Yaupon” John Short Assistant Program Director, Camp Longleaf Birds of Prey handler John joined the Biophilia team in February of 2018. An upstate New York native, John grew up exploring the hardwood forests of the Mohawk Valley and has been enthralled by the natural world from a very young age. He attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks for two years before transferring to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he earned his B.S. in Conservation Biology. During his summers as a student he had a number of internships assisting with scientific studies which involved banding songbirds, radio tracking turtles, conducting population surveys on endangered butterflies, and assessing the health of New York’s forests. At the Biophilia Center he hopes to pass on his love of nature and biodiversity to the next generation.
Camp Longleaf has 12 resident counselors who are at least 18 years of age. All counselors are subject to a background check before hiring and are CPR/first aid trained for your camper’s safety. We look forward to the enthusiasm, outdoor skills and silly ideas that they bring to camp! To become a counselor, you can find the application here!