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Wahsega 4-H Center: Environmental Education

Spring 2017 EE Staff

Spring 2016 Environmental Education Staff
Spring 2017 Environmental Educators.


Wahsega Enviromental Education Samantha Brzenk

I'm Samantha and I graduated with a degree in Biology with a concentration in Animal Behavior from Millersville University in December 2016! This is my first season doing environmental education but I have done summer camps in the past as a counselor at other facilities. I from PA so I am really excited to be down here in GA seeing more of what the world has to offer! I really enjoy being outdoors and making new memories with my friends and coworkers!


Wahsega Enviromental Education Erika Dukes

Hey there! I graduated from Berry College with a Biology degree in 2015. I did lots of cool things at college, like working with my adviser to take care of our Mountain Longleaf Pine restoration areas and learning how to get pinecones out of those longleaf pine trees. (It involves a slingshot taller than I am!) After I graduated I spent a year in Japan teaching English, and learned many new things while experiencing the history and culture there. No, I don't speak Japanese, haha! Now I'm back in the US and I want to help people see all the really cool sides of nature. In my spare time I love reading, writing, swimming, ice skating, and sharing silly jokes with my friends. I look forward to meeting you!


Wahsega Enviromental Education Thomas Flynn

Greetings all! My name is Thomas Flynn. It is brilliant we have name tags though because sometimes I even forget. Just kidding, my memory is not that terrible. Anyway, I have been teaching environmental education for about three years throughout the midwest and new england. In my free time, I run (frolick), attempt to kayak, and pretend to draw. Sometimes I even attempt to do all of those at once. I am pumped to explore the woods and streams with all of you this season! We will definitely find some cool stuff and learn along the way!


Wahsega Enviromental Education Annie Harmon

Hello! I studied biology at Denison University in Ohio and graduated in 2013. Since then, I have taught environmental education in my home state of West Virginia and in Vermont. Working with animals has been a real highlight; snakes, turtles, and birds of prey have been some of my favorite co-workers! I have also worked as a seasonal field biologist to study threatened birds. During my free time, I enjoy hiking and birdwatching, playing the ukulele, and geeky board games.


Wahsega Enviromental Education Ashton Kell

I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I am Georgia born and raised and I have always loved attending 4-H camps when I was younger. In my free time I enjoy cooking, fishing, swimming, playing volleyball and I love a good bonfire. My all time favorite animal is a pig. I love the outdoors and I am passionate about preserving and bettering our environment. I am very excited for my first season as an Environmental Educator at Wahsega.


Wahsega Enviromental Education Matt Purucker

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in wildlife biology and a minor in statistics.  This is my first season with Wahsega 4-H, but my second time as an environmental educator.  My first experience as an environmental educator was with Sandy Creek Nature Centers summer camp.  I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and everything about soccer. I love the outdoors, and am really looking forward to teaching this season at Wahsega!


Callie SimmonsCallie Simmons

I recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and Sustainability. I spent the past year exploring and living in Alaska where I studied Sockeye Salmon and toxic shellfish. I love to read, hike, and explore new places! I'm looking forward to spending my first season as an Environmental Educator in Georgia!