Welcome Joe Dodge and Cardigan Lodge Naturalist Guides

Spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner. Our 2010 naturalist guides will be arriving on June 7. We have many exciting programs planned at both AMC Destinations- join us!

Nicky Pizzo
Senior Naturalist/ Program Manager
I've been working with the AMC for ( oh my gosh!) 14 years! I've spanned many departments over the years and I've worked with hundreds of adults and children in all seasons. Currently I coordinate our free and premium programs based at the Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center- from our popular Family Adventure Camps to our annual International Dinner and Adventure Series. When I'm not geeking out on plant identification I enjoy gardening, mountain biking, snowboarding but mostly following my daughter through the woods and seeing the world through her eyes.
I'm excited to introduce you to our summer naturalist guides based at Joe Dodge and Cardigan Lodges. We look forward to sharing the natural world with you.

Joe Dodge Lodge Naturalist Guides
Meaghan Murphy
My name is Meaghan and I am currently a senior at Stonehill College. I will be earning a degree in biology. I love spending time outdoors, and relating what I have learned in my biology studies to the environment and to human health. I really enjoy working for the AMC because I am able to promote things that are important to the environment and encourage people to use the outdoors wisely. My favorite things to do are run, bike, ski, and hike. Next fall I will be leaving for Africa with the Peace Corps to teach science to kids in the sub-Saharan region. I am very excited for this journey, and for the summer season to begin.

Carolyn Loeb
Hello! My name is Carolyn. I was born and raised in Maynard, MA, and have loved hiking and camping since a young age. I graduated from Macalester College in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies and a focus in Ecology, and since then have been exploring my passion (the environment) and traveling (a bit of) the world! Among other things, I have been a biology research assistant studying endangered mussels in MN, a park ranger and visitor use assistant in Acadia and Glacier National Parks, an Audubon camp counselor, and an English teaching assistant in French Guiana, South America. I am currently interning with a sustainable development organization in Hungary; however, I'll be back in June and look forward to meeting all of you then!

Cardigan Lodge Summer Naturalist Guides:
Hazel Stark
I am from the small town of Winterport, Maine where I spent my childhood exploring the streams, fields, and woods behind my house. I will be going into my senior year at College of the Atlantic in the fall, where I will receive a BA in Human Ecology. My interests include ethnobotany and herbal medicine (I spent last summer as an apprentice to an herbalist in England), knitting, basket-making, playing music, contradancing, and anything related to the outdoors. I love helping people realize the wonders of nature and I'm therefore thrilled to work as a Naturalist Guide for the AMC this summer!

Pat Mitchell
I am happy to be returning to New Hampshire where I have taught, raised my children, and got my degree in environmental education. Born and raised in the Boston area, I clearly remember my first trip to the White Mountains...camping at Dolly Copp and climbing into Tuckerman's Ravine...in the winter! When I moved to NH, I began my "career" as an environmental educator by cleaning animal cages at the Science Center of NH and returned for many summers as a naturalist/teacher. I've worked for a camp in the White Mountains for 12 years, taught first-graders in Ecuador for a year, did a stint as a deck -hand on a schooner in Maine, and spent this past winter with the Audubon Center in Brooklyn, NY. This will be my second season with the croo at Cardigan Lodge and I am looking forward to being back on the trails...exploring, learning, and sharing