Sarah has a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Old Dominion University. She worked as an environmental consultant for 10 years before staying home to raise two daughters. She has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with their schools as the Green Team/Outdoor Classroom leader, and now that they are older and back in school, she is very excited to share her passion for our local environment with many other school children in the region. Feel free to contact her about environmental action projects for schools or field trips at Paradise Creek Nature Park!
Tricia has a B.S. in Biology from George Mason University with a concentration in Marine and Freshwater Ecology. In 2010, she participated in one of the first course offerings from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, garnering her a minor in Applied Conservation Studies. As a native of Northern Virginia, Tricia spent nearly a decade working as a seasonal Environmental Interpreter teaching stream ecology with the Potomac Environmental Research & Education Center. She is a military spouse and has had the opportunity to live in multiple locales, including overseas! Now that she’s back in Virginia, Tricia is excited to be part of shaping the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed stewards of tomorrow!
Hugh graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Scranton and joined the Air Force, where he served as a fighter pilot and instructor. In 2011, he was elected to the Conservation District in Williamsburg and served as Education Committee chairman. In 2013, he became the founding executive director of Williamsburg Community Growers, a 10.5-acre community garden, teaching farm, and environmental education center. Hugh enjoys nature up close on a run, a bike, or a paddle board and is excited to explore along as an Environmental Educator.
Brandise graduated from Norfolk State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. She then graduated in 2022 with a M.S. in Environmental Sciences from Troy University. She began working as a seasonal educator for the Learning Barge in Fall 2019 and is now back for a second season at Paradise Creek Nature Park. She is very excited to be back to educate the local community on environmental stewardship.
graduated from Virginia Tech in Spring 2023 with her B.S. in Environmental
Economic Management and Policy with a minor in Leadership Studies. She has
always loved spending her time surrounded by nature and admiring wildlife. She
is very excited to work with the Elizabeth River Project as a Seasonal
Environmental Educator to ignite a passion for environmental conservation and
stewardship in today’s youth!