Elena, Sam, Olivia, Leslie 2013

Staff & Bios

Point Reyes Summer Camp is staffed by a remarkable group of people who share a love for the natural world, great enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, and dedication to fostering confidence and creating experiences that evoke awe and connection. Our programs promote inclusion, change lives, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
photo of Maria Archibald in nature

Maria grew up in North Carolina on the banks of the Eno River, where she spent hours swimming, splashing, catching critters, and painting her face with mud. Since then, she has made her way from one mountain range to the next, leading backpacking trips, working on organic farms, and teaching environmental science. Since graduating college last year, she has worked as a naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in Colorado, where she taught ecology and led educational hiking tours, and as an educator at The Ecology School, where she spent many hours exploring and teaching in coastal Maine. She is excited to journey from the east coast to the west coast, and looks forward to sharing her love of nature with others in the outdoor classrooms of Point Reyes!

Program Director

Lynn grew up just outside of Yellowstone Park where she received her first education in the outdoors from the park rangers and the wild lands around her. She spent many childhood hours in the woods exploring creek beds, tracking moose, reading the sky and playing with the wood elves. The sense of awe and delight in the natural world has never left her, and nothing brings her more joy than sharing her love of nature with children.
Lynn has spent some portion of every summer for the past 30 years as either a camper or a camp staff member. She has done nearly every job there is to do at camp and served on the Board of Trustees for Luccock Park Camp in Montana for many years. Most recently she worked for Trackers Earth managing their year-round Marin programs. She is excited to put her gifts for team-building, biscuit baking and knock-knock jokes to work for Point Reyes Summer Camp.

Photo of Laura Svancarek in nature.

Laura comes to PRSC from Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor where her school-year job is teaching outdoor school. She graduated Cum Laude from the Huxley College of the Environment, part of Western Washington University. A native of Washington state and a student of coastal ecology, Laura is incredibly eager to explore a new part of the west coast. She has worked with children in nature since she was a high school student leading community park restoration events. In her work Laura has witnessed that seeing animals in their natural habitat, particularly large mammals such as elk, can be a perspective-changing experience for children in a way that helps them understand the magnitude of the natural world. Working as a naturalist and teaching children about the natural world through exploration and play has brought Laura an immeasurable amount of joy, and she could not be more excited to work with new, amazing kids in a new, beautiful place this summer.

Photo of Kushi Beauchamp in nature holding flowers

Kushi has been spending time in Point Reyes since she was a baby, and loves to introduce new people to this beautiful National Seashore! She began attending Point Reyes Summer Camp at age eleven and has found a home here ever since. A new graduate of Lewis and Clark College, she is delighted to return to Point Reyes in a new role. She brings extensive experience working with young people, including leading with the Amala Foundation Global Youth Summit. In her free time Kushi enjoys hiking the Pacific North West, making up songs about trees, slack-lining, and talking to snails. She is excited to bring her love of storytelling and contagious adoration of the land to camp this year!

photo of Darryl Neuffeld in nature
Head Cook

Darryl is super stoked to working at Pt Reyes Summer Camp this summer. After getting his M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum 6 years ago, Darryl sailed off on a whirlwind employment adventure. With many years of outdoor education experience he has served in a variety of capacities, including teaching back country cooking and primitive skills, guiding wilderness therapy, leading outdoor adventures like mountain biking and rock climbing and facilitating ropes course initiatives. After spending this past year as an elementary school classroom teacher, he has decided there was no better summer job than to be that cool guy having dance parties in the kitchen while making terrible puns and great food! The wilderness has always been his passion and zen place, and he is excited to help a new generation of young people discover it for themselves.

A photo of Chelsie in nature
Site Director

Chelsie Taylor is an experienced educator in camps, classrooms, and the great outdoors. She served as Program Director for Farm and Wilderness Summer Camps in Vermont, where she lived for 7 years. A lover of the practical arts, she has created week-long camps for kids of all ages in the Bay Area themed around natural dyeing, fiber-arts, gardening, herbal medicine, animal/bird language, archery, and outdoor cooking. In the school year she is a compassionate, inspiring coach for at-risk youth in Berkeley. Currently, she is designing a nature-based rite-of-passage group for young women in West Marin to begin this Fall. Also a professional musician, Chelsie is recording her first album. In her free time she enjoys meditating, hiking the local seashore, up-cycling old furniture, and making sculptures out of found recycled materials. Chelsie says overnight camp is her "happy place" and is incredibly excited to bring her respect for tradition, exploration, and the natural world to Point Reyes Summer Camp this year!