Founding Members

The vision of these experts forms the bedrock of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. Their selfless passion to support nature-based teachers is the driving force behind the creation of ERAFANS.


Amy Beam  |  Naturalist and ECEE Thought Leader of Franklin Montessori Schools
Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Bozzo  |  Founding Director of The Audubon Nature Preschool at the Audubon Naturalist Society
Chevy Chase, MD

Jessica Clayton  |  Director of Riverside Rhymes Nature Play School
Brick, New Jersey

Monica French  | Program Director/Lead Teacher for Wild Haven/Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Baltimore, Maryland

Marianne Kay  |  Director of the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool
New Canaan, Connecticut

Karen Madigan  |  Preschool Director of The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center
Owings Mills, Maryland

Nickie Weller  |  Director of the Children’s Treehouse at the National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Monica Wiedel-Lubinski  |  Executive Director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools
Baltimore, Maryland

Shannon Wise  |  Director of Early Childhood Education, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With help from the founders, we are are growing our Board of Directors - a group of experienced, down-to-earth advocates for early childhood environmental education. Learn more about the Board.


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