Casey fell in love with summer camp as a nine-year-old exploring the redwood forests at a beautiful camp in northern California. She went on to spend several summers during college working as a counselor at the same camp. Singing songs, playing games and exploring nature with children are some of her favorite activities! She has lived in Oregon for over a decade and during that time has coordinated summer camps and family programs for Friends of Tryon Creek and led environmental education programs at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District and Zenger Farm.
Her love of the outdoors comes from growing up on 20 acres alongside a mountain stream and with a patient mother who tolerated salamanders, crawdads and aquatic insects as temporary pets. Pursuing an education in ecology was a natural fit and Casey has a B.A. in biology from Willamette University and an M.S. in biology, with an ecology focus, from Central Washington University.
In her free time Casey loves camping, canoeing and hiking with her family, gardening, enticing wildlife to her backyard by filling it with native plants, teaching her dog silly tricks, dyeing yarn and fiber using natural plant pigments, knitting and reading books about lichen.