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 - 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 - 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 IS EXCITED TO RETURN TO MARIN GREENPLAY FOR A SECOND SUMMER.  MATTHEW IS A CERTIFIED AMGA SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR, LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER, AND WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER. MATTHEW HAS ALSO TAKEN THE AMGA ROCK GUIDE COURSE AND ALPINE GUIDE COURSE. 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 AND THE CANADIAN ROCKIES.

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CLIMBING GUIDE - DAKOTA R. LOVES OUTDOOR ROCK CLIMBING AND HAS BEEN SHARING IT WITH KIDS AND ADULTS FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS ON CRAGS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WEST VIRGINIA.. DAKOTA IS A CERTIFIED AMGA SINGLE PITCH INSTRUCTOR AND CLIMBING WALL INSTRUCTOR AND HAS TAKEN THE ROCK GUIDE COURSE AND SEVERAL AIARE COURSES AND IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER.  DAKOTA BRINGS EXCITEMENT TO HIS WORK WITH MARIN GREENPLAY AFTER GRADUATING WTH A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING FROM CAL POLY IN POMONA IN 2017.

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CLIMBING GUIDE - SCOTT K., A CLIMBER OF TWO DECADES, ENJOYS SHARING THE MOVEMENT OF CLIMBING ON ROCK WITH OTHERS. CURRENTLY COACHING AT SACRAMENTO PIPEWORKS, SCOTT HAS SPENT HIS TIME INSTRUCTING YOUTH AND ADULTS FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS. HE HAS COMPLETED HIS WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER CERTIFICATION AND IS WORKING TOWARDS AN AMGA SPI CERTIFICATION. SCOTT'S FAVORITE PLACES TO CLIMB ARE THE BOULDERS OF FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE OR ROCKLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA OR HIKING THE PEAKS OF PATAGONIA. WE WELCOME SCOTT TO MARIN GREENPLAY FOR SUMMER 2019 AFTER SEVERAL EXCELLENT SUBSTITUTE SESSIONS DURING SUMMER 2018.

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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 CAMP.

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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.