With an attempt to have more energy than his dog Lily, Charlie tries to “Live More” each day. Charlie grew up in California, exploring the outdoors with his brother, Tyler who passed away in 2010. Camp Tamarack is the perfect setting for Charlie to continue to share the Anderson boys’ love for adventure and the outdoors and he is excited to share his passion for education, exploration, and personal growth with others.
Otter’s passion for education began 14 years ago when she found herself in a stream full of macroinvertebrates and 5th graders. That journey has since taken her to OSU where she earned a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Science and Environmental Education, to the tide pools at Hatfield Marine Center, and to the villages of Malawi, Africa where she served in the Peace Corps. Otter brings an amazing focus on excellence, crafting our programs to maximize the opportunities for learning and fun! She is happy to spend her days helping to create and shape our programming!
Cedar’s journey with education began when Santa Claus delivered her a whiteboard for Christmas. She spent countless hours as she grew up in the Sacramento region of California practicing the art of teaching in her playroom. In high school, Cedar had the opportunity to teach at a local nature preserve, and quickly realized the only classroom she wanted to be in was the great outdoors! From there she moved on to the University of Nevada, Reno to earn her degree in environmental science. When she is not teaching, Cedar spends her free time skiing, visiting family and crafting away!
Born and raised in California’s central valley with two of the coolest parents of all time, Squirrel is the oldest of four. His love of the outdoors and outdoor education was fostered at Camp Winton- one of the premier High Adventure programs in the High Sierras. Squirrel’s work at Camp Tamarack is fostered by his love of going to camp as a kid and looking up to the awesome staff members.
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Born and raised in beautiful Alabama, Osprey has made herself a nest at Camp Tamarack since the Spring of 2015. She's a Spanish-speaking, semi-trained inflatable kayak river guide, up-and-coming Pilates teacher, and a grant writer extraordinaire! Osprey works closely with our community as a whole to write grant proposals and support our programs to the fullest. She's most likely to be seen at camp with a pocket full of dog treats or doing yoga and Pilates on the dock in the mornings!
Born and raised in the rainy Portland haze, Nature knew at a young age Environmental Education was the career for her! Nature began her time at Camp Tamarack as a Student Leader volunteer when she was in high school sat Redmond Proficiency Academy. Not only does Nature spend her days teaching kids to think like scientists and her nights singing camp songs, she's also a part time Marine Biology student at Oregon State University. Nature hopes to give the same love and mentorship to all the high school students that she works with that she received when she was a volunteer in high school!
Atlas grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He always had an interest in moving to the PNW. He made that dream a reality in 2020. He wanted to work at camp because of the fun memories he had at camp when he was younger. Atlas is currently a student at Oregon State University, studying Biology and Chemistry. He is a trained EMT with a wilderness and basic life support certifications. When he’s not in school or working at camp you can find him hiking or backpacking any trail in central Oregon or skiing down the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. He loves long walks around camp tamarack and jumping off of splash mountain :)
Ewok grew up in Long Beach, California but has since lived in 7 different states! He has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. He loves his dog Betty White, who he rescued in February 2019. His greatest passions other than cooking are musical theatre, traveling and watching movies. He graces our kitchen with amazing food and singing every day!!
Canyon was born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. He earned a degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Psychology. He then joined the Nevada Conservation Corps, where he worked on a chainsaw crew and supervised a trail building crew. His time with the NCC deepened his passion and appreciation for the power of nature, which eventually led him to start a 4 year career in Wilderness Therapy. Canyon has a passion for working with youth and teens and helping to facilitate their growth and development. We're so excited that Canyon has brought this passion to our community here at Tamarack!
Between creating pottery, babysitting, and being a full time student, Tree Lady found a home at Camp Tamarack. She began as a volunteer Student Leader in 2015, and now joyfully takes on the title of Field Instructor. Raised on a Central Oregon farm, she began her journey of looking after kids (the goat kind) and now is living out her biggest goal of becoming a leader.
River grew up discovering the miles of trails in her backyard, building forts and swimming in creeks until the street lights came on and it was time to return home. Growing up in North Carolina she learned the ways of southern hospitality and the magic of sweet tea on a porch watching the fireflies light up the night. Her childhood and years of experience working with youth gave her a great segue into working in the Outdoor Education field. She started her journey in California at High Trails in the San Bernardino mountains. From there, she went onto be a kayak guide off the coast of Virginia, a naturalist on an educational farm in Ohio and finally, at an Outdoor School in Portland before landing in a mystical magical place called Tamarack. Her favorite quote comes from Richard Louv’s “the last child in the woods”.....”passion itself is lifted from the earth by the muddy hands of the young” River is committed to working in environments that provide opportunities for all to experience the magic of the outdoors.
Growing up at the base of Mt. Hood Mantis is a native Oregonian. On a whim she decided to change her major to Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, while pursuing this degree she fell in love with nature and the outdoor community. She has a passion for teaching and has worked with high school students all over the country for the past 5 years. Having visited 42 of the 50 states, traveling is one of her passions. If she's not climbing, cooking, or playing with her cat she is probably planning her next adventure.
Lichen is a South Carolina native who recently relocated to the West because it holds a special place in their life. They spend most of their time outdoors reading books or reading books about other people in the outdoors. Lichen will befriend anyone that can share facts about bugs, ejoys playing a good board game, or knows any funny jokes!
Basil hails from Whidbey Island in northwest Washington state, where she gained a great fondness for the outdoors digging for clams and climbing mountains. She has spent the last 2 years mentoring students in leadership at Whitman College and can’t wait to be immersed in life at Camp Tamarack!
Sabertooth ventured to Camp Tamarack from Portland, Oregon! Before heading to camp he completed his bachelors in science in earth science at Western Oregon University. Sabertooth has a wealth of experience mentoring youth and working in environmental education from John Day Fossil Beds, Camp Hancock, OMSI, and Autistic Children's Activity Program. In his free time, Sabertooth loves exploring the unknown, searching for fossils, and being one with nature!
Timberdoodle is a native New Yorker who fell in love with nature due to his time in Vermont with his grandmother, an avid birder and artist. Throughout his life, he has loved learning about nature and hoped to teach it to others someday. He got that chance in 2020, when he worked as an AmeriCorps environmental educator. He is excited and looking forward to learning more about nature and teaching at Camp Tamarack while sharing his passion for our world with others!