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Jessica Kester, Program Manager

Jessie in Joshua Tree NP

From a young age Jessica was drawn to nature and being outdoors.  The calming sounds of the ocean waves and the wind rustling through the tree canopy were common sounds and experiences throughout her childhood and continue to make up most of her waking moments now a days.  With degrees in Biology/Marine Science and Secondary Education/Biology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Jessica began her career as a field instructor in coastal marine sciences at the Marine Science Consortium in Wallops Island, VA were she taught both children and adults in a variety of hands-on labs and field excursions.  She has also taught 3rd-7th grade students from urban and suburban Chicago at the Lorado-Taft Field Campus of Northern Illinois University about general environmental topics and local IL history.  Joining The Outdoor Classroom staff in February 2006 she enjoys being able to introduce people of all ages to the variety of ecosystems and wondrous treasures here in Southwestern PA.  As the Program Manager Jessica choses and trains the amazing staff of the Classroom and has the opportunity to interact with thousands of individuals each year. 

Julie Travaglini, Sr. Program Facilitator

Julie graduated from Muskingum University in 2009 with a bachelors of science in biology with a minor in history.  She then completed her masters in teaching in 2012.  Over the years Julie has completed environmental education internships at The Dawes Arboretum and the Cincinnati Zoo.  She has also worked at Living Treasures Animal Park and at Flying Horse Farms, a camp for kids with serious illnesses.  Julie has been at The Outdoor Classroom since September 2009 because her love of the outdoors and passion for environmental education.  Her favorite thing to do at the Classroom is identify plants and explore the creek.  She also loves hiking, camping, rock climbing, biking and canoeing.

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