Our Guides have been selected based on their love of and experience working with kids and their passion for nature and adventure.  Our senior guides also have an extensive background in the native plants and animals of the Bay Area and are avid naturalists.  All Marin GreenPlay Guides are certified in first aid and CPR and are familiar with the application of EpiPens and Auvi-Qs.  Every guide has been background checked.  Guides receive comprehensive training on our locations, activities, and safety protocols.  Guides have flawless driving records and have received training on how to drive a 12 passenger van.  They can't wait to meet your kids!

GREENPLAY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TRAINER - WENDY D. HAS BEEN TRAINING MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, THE BASICS OF NATURE AWARENESS, GROUP FACILITATION AND COMMUNICATION, AND MORE WITH MARIN GREENPLAY SINCE 2016.  WENDY HAS A DEGREE IN MARINE BIOLOGY FROM LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY IN SOUTHHAMPTON, NY AND IS THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE RICHARDSON BAY AUDUBON CENTER IN TIBURON.  WENDY IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER AND A MEMBER OF MARIN COUNTY'S SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM.  WENDY ENJOYS BACKPACKING WITH HER FAMILY, YOGA, SWIMMING, AND TAE KWON DO.

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NATURE GUIDE - RHEA S-L. RETURNS THIS SUMMER, A BELOVED GREENPLAY VETERAN. RHEA, A MARIN NATIVE AND EXPERIENCED NATURALIST, HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE MANGROVES AND BEACHES OF FLORIDA, AND LOOKS FORWARD TO SHARING HER NEW BI-COASTAL PERSPECTIVE WITH OUR YOUNGEST CAMPERS. RHEA IS A SELF-PROCLAIMED “NATURE FREAK.” SHE DISCOVERED HER PASSION WHILE ATTENDING TAMISCAL’S TEAM PROGRAM DURING HIGH SCHOOL AT TAMALPAIS HIGH SCHOOL, AN EXPERIENCE THAT TAUGHT HER HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE WILDERNESS AND TO APPRECIATE THE NATURAL WORLD. AFTER A BRIEF STINT TRAVELING THE GLOBE AND FIVE YEARS STUDYING FASHION DESIGN IN NEW YORK CITY, SHE RETURNED TO MARIN IN ORDER TO PURSUE HER TRUE PASSION – NATURE. WHILE OBTAINING AN AA DEGREE AT COLLEGE OF MARIN IN NATURAL SCIENCE, SHE HONED HER NATURALIST SKILLS, LEARNING HOW TO WATCH BIRDS, TRACK ANIMALS, AND TO SEE NATURE AS AN INTERCONNECTED WEB BETWEEN THE LIVING AND NON-LIVING. IN HER OFF-TIME SHE PREFERS TO SPEND HER DAYS HIKING, BIRDING, CAMPING, CYCLING, SWIMMING, BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT GETS HER OUTSIDE. . RHEA PARTICULARLY ENJOYS PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION TO KIDS AND BRINGS OVER FIFTEEN YEARS OF CHILDCARE EXPERIENCE TO GREENPLAY. RHEA WILL LEAD OUR WATERSHED WARRIORS CAMP.

NATURE GUIDE - HANK T. RETURNS THIS SUMMER AFTER JOINING MARIN GREENPLAY CAMP IN THE SUMMER OF 2016. HANK IS A MILL VALLEY NATIVE  WHO ATTENDED TAMALPAIS HIGH SCHOOL AND IS NOW A STUDENT AT UC BERKELEY.  HANK HAS PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH KIDS WHILE COACHING THE SPORTS HE PLAYED IN HIGH SCHOOL:  SOCCER & LACROSSE.   HE LOVES TO BE OUTDOORS, EXERCISING, HIKING, EXPLORING, LEARNING ABOUT NATURE, AND GEEKING OUT ABOUT STAR WARS WITH THE CAMPERS. 

NATURE GUIDE - ANIKA C. WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MILL VALLEY, ANIKA IS A COLLEGE STUDENT AT CAL POLY, SAN LUIS OBISPO.  YOU CAN USUALY FIND HER RUNNING OR BIKING THROUGH ROLLING HILLS, STUDYING AT A CAFE, COOKING WITH FRIENDS, OR LISTENING TO NPR.  A GRADUATE OF TAMISCAL'S TEAM PROGRAM, ANIKA HAS A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THE NATURAL WORLD, EXPERIENCE IN WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP AND IS A CERTIFIED WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER.  WITH YEARS OF CHILDCARE EXPERIENCE, SHE IS EXCITED TO RETURN TO MARIN GREENPLAY TO WORK WITH OUR CAMPERS THIS SUMMER. ANIKA WILL LEAD OUR WATERSHED WARRIORS CAMP.

NATURE GUIDE - JASON L. IS A MILL VALLEY NATIVE, TAMALPAIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND AN AVID HIKER WHO ATTENDS UC DAVIS.  JASON LOVES WORKING WITH KIDS AND HAS DONE SO IN THE SPORTS CONTEXT WITH ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE MILL VALLEY SOCCER CLUB AND OTHERS.  HE CAN OFTEN BE FOUND TUTORING CLASSMATES IN SCIENCE AND MATH  SUBJECTS AND PHOTOGRAPHING  NATURE, DRAWING AND PLAYING GUITAR.  JASON LOOKS FORWARD TO RETURNING TO MARIN GREENPLAY CAMP THIS SUMMER.

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NATURE GUIDE - TESSA G. IS A RECENT GRADUATE OF SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MAJORING IN HUTCHINS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL STUDIES WITH A FOCUS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPANISH. TESSA HAS BEGUN HER MULTI-SUBJECT CREDENTIAL WORK AND IS EXCITED TO BECOME A TEACHER IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. TESSA LOVES TRAVELING AND STUDIED ABROAD IN SPAIN FOR 10 MONTHS. MOST RECENTLY TESSA TRAVELED IN SOUTH KOREA WITH THE ASIAN AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MARIN. SHE ENJOYS HIKING AND WATCHING THE SUNSET FROM THE TOP OF MT. TAM. TESSA WILL LEAD OUR STORYPLAY CAMP.

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NATURE GUIDE - NELLIE K. RETURNS TO MARIN GREENPLAY FOR SUMMER 2019. NELLIE IS A SAN FRANCISCO BASED EDUCATOR AND ANIMAL LOVER. HER SIDE-KICK PUP, CAROL, AND HER CURRENTLY TEACH AT PIXIE HALL STUDIOS, AN ART AND EXPLORATION BASED PRE-K PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE TEACHING DUO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ADVENTURE BASED LEARNING, BAY AREA NATURE, AND BEING OUTSIDE! NELLIE COMES FROM OVER SIX YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE ACROSS ELEMENTARY AND PRESCHOOL GRADES. WHEN NOT IN THE CLASSROOM, NELLIE CAN BE FOUND RIDING LOCAL TRAILS ON HER MOUNTAIN BIKE, WHILE CAROL CAN BE FOUND "TENDING" TO THE GARDEN AND WATCHING THE CHICKENS IN THEIR BACKYARD. NELLIE AND CAROL WILL LEAD OUR DOG DAYS CAMP.


OUTDOOR CLIMBING PROGRAM CO-DIRECTORS - ERIK G. & HALEY B. HAVE GUIDED MANY HAPPY CAMPERS WITH MARIN GREENPLAY CAMP SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2015.  ERIK AND HALEY ARE FROM SACRAMENTO WHERE THEY HONED THEIR CLIMBING SKILLS AT PIPEWORKS. ERIK HAS AN AMGA SINGLE PITCH CERTIFICATION, AND BOTH ARE CERTIFIED WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDERS.  WHEN NOT SHOWING OUR CLIMBERS THE LATEST MOVES ON THE ROCKS, ERIK AND HALEY ARE CLIMBING YOSEMITE'S GREAT WALLS. ERIK & HALEY WILL LEAD OUR ROCK FIVE CAMP & ROCK BEYOND CAMP IN YOSEMITE.

CLIMBING GUIDE - MAX S. HAS A STRONG PASSION FOR THE OUTDOORS, EDUCATION AND HEALTHY LIVING, MAX IS A CERTIFIED AMGA SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR AND IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER.  MAX HAS DEDICATED OVER TWO DECADES TO HIKING, CLIMBING, AND PADDLING AROUND THE WORLD.  HE'S CLIMBED 4 OF THE WORLDS 7 SUMMITS AND MANY OF THE TALLEST PEAKS IN THE LOWER 48 AS WELL AS THROUGHOUT EUROPE.  MAX RETURNS TO MARIN GREENPLAY THIS SUMMER TO LEAD OUR ROCK FIVE CAMP.

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CLIMBING GUIDE - MATTHEW K. IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CLIMBING AND LOOKS FORWARD TO JOINING OUR TEAM THIS YEAR.  MATTHEW IS A CERTIFIED AMGA SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR AND IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER.  A RECENT GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, MATTHEW BRINGS DEGREES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TRAINING IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION TO HIS WORK WITH MARIN GREENPLAY.  MATTHEW HAS CLIMBED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND MOST RECENTLY IN PATAGONIA.

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CLIMBING GUIDE - SADIE S.  WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ALASKA, WHERE CLIMBING ON GLACIERS AND BACKPACKING OFF TRAIL WAS NOT AN UNUSUAL FAMILY OUTING.  SHE ATTENDED COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY AND GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY.  SHE FOUND HER WAY INTO A TEACHING CAREER, STARTED ROCK CLIMBING AND MOVED TO THE BAY AREA.  SEVEN YEARS LATER, TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY AND CLIMBING HAVE BCOME HER DEFINING PASSIONS.  SHE HAS CLIMBED ALL OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA, THE WESTERN US AND RECENTLY SUMMITED MT. KENYA.  SHE IS A CERTIFIED WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER AND A PCIA BASE-MANAGED CLIMBING INSTRUCTOR. 

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OCEAN SPORTS COACH - EMILIO L. PURSUED BODYBOARDING SEMI-PROFESSIONALLY IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY OF PERU.  EMILIO BRINGS THAT SOUTH AMERICAN STOKE THAT HAS MADE BODYBOARDING FAMOUS AROUND THE WORLD TO OUR PROGRAM.  EMILIO IS ALSO A GIFTED HEALER AND WITH HIS WIFE REGGI OWNS A CENTER OFFERING YOGA AND OTHER HEALING PRACTICES IN BERKELEY. EMILIO RETURNS THIS SUMMER TO LEAD OUR OCEAN EXPLORERS & MARIN TREASURE HUNT CAMPS.

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NATURE MAKERS GUIDE - HANNAH C. JOINS MARIN GREENPLAY CAMP FOR ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER TO BRING NATURE CRAFTING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL AT CAMP.  HANNAH HAS OVER 20 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND HAS BEEN AN ARTIST HER ENTIRE LIFE.  SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO CHALLENGING CAMPERS TO FIND THEIR OWN VOICE THROUGH ART.  HANNAH COMES TO US AFTER MOST RECENTLY SPENDING TWO YEARS TEACHING ART AT THE AGBU MANOOGIAN-DEMIRJIAN SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES.  SHE'S EXCITED TO CHECK OUT THE MARIN COUNTY VIBE AND INCORPORATE IT INTO THE EXCITING CAMPER PROJECTS SHE IS PLANNING FOR SUMMER 2019!

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SUMMER BEATS GUIDES - JAMES J. IS A SELF-TAUGHT MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER BASED IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. THE FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF YASSOU, HE HAS SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS PRODUCING CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MUSIC, VIDEOS, AND CREATIVE CONTENT ACROSS GENRES AND ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES. IN 2015, HE COMPOSED “HOW THEY FADE,” AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF MUSIC FOR THE LOUISVILLE BALLET THAT UNITES YASSOU’S POP SENSIBILITIES WIT CLASSICAL AND ORCHESTRAL COMPONENTS. IN 2018, HE WAS THE COMPOSER AND ASSISTANT PRODUCER FOR THE BALLET AND CONCERT EXPERIENCE “FURY”, A MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION IN COLLABORATION WITH SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AND ALONZO KING LINES BALLET.

PATRICK A. IS A DRUMMER, AUDIO ENGINEER, AND PRODUCER BASED IN OAKLAND. AFTER EARNING A DEGREE IN SOUND ARTS FROM EX’PRESSION COLLEGE FOR DIGITAL ARTS IN 2009, HE HAS LENT HIS KNOWLEDGE TO A WEALTH OF BANDS AND MUSICAL PROJECTS. FROM HIP HOP TO FOLK, HIS SUCCESS IS DERIVED FROM HIS COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE HE WORKS WITH AND ROM HIS UNDERSTANDING OF DIVERSE TALENT AND SKILLS. HE HAS WORKED WITH PROJECTS AS VARIED AT THE NATIONAL, THIRD EYE BLIND AND THE LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA AND REMAINS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE BAY AREA’S FLOURISHING ART AND MUSIC SCENES.

ABOUT YASSOU. CALLED BY BILLBOARD MAGAZINE A GROUP “THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR RADAR,” YASSOU IS AN ART POP BAND AND CREATIVE CONTENT GROUP THAT BRIDGES THE WORLDS OF POP AND CLASSICAL ART. ANCHORED BY THE MESMERIZING VOCALS OF LILIE HOY, THEIR MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS ARE BOLD AND EMOTIONAL.
FORMED BY HOY AND JAMES JACKSON IN AN UPSTATE NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS CLASS, YASSOU IS A CONTINUALLY EVOLVING GROUP OF MUSICIANS, PRODUCERS, COMPOSERS, AND VISUAL ARTISTS. WITH A SOUND COMPARED TO RADIOHEAD AND FKA TWIGS, THEIR 2013 EP IN FITS IN DREAMS GARNERED WIDESPREAD PRESS ATTENTION. A STRIKING COLLECTION OF SONGS, IT FEATURES THE VOCALS OF FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS BASSIST MELISSA AUF DER MAUR. IN 2015, THEY RELEASED VIDEO EP, A SIX-SONG PROJECT CRAFTED AROUND A SINGULAR STORY AND EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE. RELEASED AS AN “ALBUM CYCLE” OF SINGLE VIDEOS, THE EP WAS PRONOUNCED BY NYLON AS “REDEFINING THE ALBUM.”
IN 2016, YASSOU OPENED FOR THE NATIONAL AND PREMIERED THEIR FIRST FULL-LENGTH COMPOSITION “HOW THEY FADE” AT THE LOUISVILLE BALLET. ALONGSIDE THE WORKS OF TCHAIKOVSKY AND PHILIP GLASS, THEIR PERFORMANCE WAS PART OF THE 2016-17 SEASON AND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE LOUISVILLE SYMPHONY. AFTER SCORING A SHORT FILM IN 2017, THEY PRODUCED A SERIES OF LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS WITH THE JUXTAPOSITIONS STRING QUARTET IN 2018. IN SEPTEMBER 2018, YASSOU PREMIERED FURY, A COLLABORATION WITH PRINCIPAL DANCERS FROM SF BALLET AND ALONZO KING LINES BALLET.
CHECK OUT YASSOUBAND.COM FOR SHOW INFORMATION.

JAMES AND PATRICK BRING NATURE AWARENESS TO OUR CAMPERS FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER.

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SQUIRT (SHOWN HERE HELD BY ONE OF HIS BIGGEST FANS) IS MARIN GREENPLAY’S UNOFFICIAL MASCOT. HE OFTEN SHOWS UP AT CAMP TO CHARM THE CAMPERS AND GET IN ON THE FUN. THESE FURRY FRIENDS ALWAYS TAKE PART IN OUR DOG DAYS CAMP AND LOVE MEETING OUR CAMPERS’ DOGS. SQUIRT PRIDES HIMSELF ON BEING ADORABLE, GIVING LOTS OF KISSES, RUNNING ON THREE LEGS EVEN THOUGH HE HAS FOUR AND CHILLING IN CAMPERS’ BACKPACKS WHEN THE WIND WHIPS UP AT THE BEACH. RESCUES MAKE INCREDIBLE COMPANIONS AND SQUIRT IS NO EXCEPTION. COPPERSDREAM.ORG AND 4DOGSFARMRESCUE.ORG ARE GREAT RESOURCES! PEOPLE OFTEN ASK, WHAT KIND OF DOG IS HE? TO WHICH THE ANSWER IS JUST AS CUTE AS HE IS - A CHIWEENIE (CHIHUAHUA WIENER DOG MIX). YOU JUST MIGHT MEET SQUIRT THIS SUMMER!

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FOUNDER - JULIE H. FOUNDED MARIN GREENPLAY CAMP. A UC CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA NATURALIST AND AIRBNB EXPERIENCE HOST, SHE HAS WORKED IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR SEVERAL YEARS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS. JULIE HAS A CERTIFICATE IN NATURAL HISTORY AND A CERTIFICATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FROM THE COLLEGE OF MARIN, RECEIVED SUSTAINABILITY TRAINING AT DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY AND HAS A B.A. FROM BARNARD COLLEGE AND A J.D. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. JULIE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF SEVERAL LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS.