Nature Program Manager
Supervisory Seasonal Naturalist
In May 2013, Becca began working with the Nature Program as an Intern Naturalist and has been with them ever since. She is also a seasonal employee of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, a long-term partner of the IBSP Nature Program, as a Parks Conservation Coordinator. Born and raised five minutes away from the Jersey shore, Becca received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resources from Rutgers University in the fall of 2013. As an avid lover of nature, she was an outdoor facilitator for the Rutgers GO Outdoors Program, where she planned, led, & facilitated outdoor adventure based programs. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exercising, eating (a lot), and spending time with family and friends.
Supervisory Seasonal Naturalist
Eugene attended high school at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, (MATES), where he gained an interest in environmental studies. After his freshman year, Eugene was offered an internship at Sedge Island which is how he became familiar with IBSP. He is currently a junior and a physics major at High Point University. This will be his third year working at as a Naturalist, and he is more excited than ever to return. Eugene’s favorite programs are any of the kayak tours; he could spend all day out on the bay with the wind on his back and a paddle in his hands! On his days off, he likes to spend time with friends and family. Other activities Eugene enjoys include tennis and golf, riding his longboard & bike, and coding his own electronic systems in Python using my Raspberry Pi. After college, Eugene intents are to go to graduate school with an environmental focus.
Elaine is currently an educator in the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her love of nature and water brought her to Island Beach State Park as a volunteer during the summers in the early 1990’s. During this time, she helped with the early kayak tours, the herbarium mounts, banding osprey, displays, and seining before becoming part of the seasonal staff. Elaine graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minored in American history and received my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Rider University. Elaine says, “There’s never enough time to do everything I want to fit in to life, but I truly love to learn and enjoy inspiring others to learn too! Give me a free moment and you may find me birding, gardening, hiking, reading, writing, or volunteering.”
Sue received her B.A. in Geography from Hunter College in NY. She has worked as a volunteer on many environmental projects including monitoring piping plovers, trail maintenance and monitoring rivers in Monmouth County. She has also worked as a Seasonal Naturalist at IBSP for the past four years. In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and son.
Charles, more known as “Karcsi”, is a former student at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). He will be going to Stevens Institute of Technology in the Fall as a chemical engineering major. Throughout Charles’ high school career, he completed three independent research projects involving Microbial Fuel Cell technology and Plastic Pyrolysis. Charles is an avid birder and a volleyball player. He loves classic rock and R&B Soul. If you want to find out more, check out his website at http://charleshomoki.weebly.com/.
Hailey loved visiting Island Beach State Park with my family as a kid, and she is so happy to be coming back for her second summer working here! She also interned at Sedge Island her freshman year of high school. Hailey is a huge nature-lover who is going to be attending Rutgers University in the fall to study marine biology. In her spare time, Hailey loves crafting, baking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.
This will be Chris’ first official year working as an IBSP Naturalist. He is currently a senior at MATES and will be attending Cornell University next year as an Environmental Science and Sustainability major. This summer, Chris will be spending most of his time at Island Beach, not only as a Naturalist, but also as an intern at Sedge Island. In his free time, he enjoys birding, playing lacrosse, and relaxing with friends. Chris says, “I cannot wait to be a part of the program this summer and experience all that IBSP has to offer!”
Kimberly is currently finishing up her junior year at Stockton University, where she majors in Environmental Science. As a first year intern here at Island Beach, Kim is very excited for the upcoming spring and summer season. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, bird watching, and basically anything that has to do with the outdoors. She also loves traveling, but who doesn’t!
Catherine is currently a junior at Ramapo College of New Jersey pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. She often does field work for her classes in the Ramapo Valley County Reservation and enjoys studying the impacts of humans on native ecology. This will be Catherine’s first year working as an intern with the Island Beach Nature Program. In her free time, Catherine enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, and hiking.
Office Assistant Naturalist