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End of Summer Reflection: Valenka

This summer has been my first step towards a career in my field of Natural Resource Conservation and gave me opportunities for a thousand other firsts. Working at what the outpost kids referred to it as “Base Camp” was rewarding because I taught classes like Animal Signs and Peanut Butter Mountain. But in outpost the […]

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End of Summer Reflection: Quentin

Ever since I was a fourth grader one of my dreams was to become a Naturalist at the Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. With my dream coming to an end I want to take some time to reflect on how it was. Being a Naturalist here at camp you have many responsibilities. Taking care of […]

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End of Summer Reflections: Hayley

Starting as a Naturalist this summer, I knew there would be tons of fun experiences and connections with many people, but what I didn’t know was how deep these connections would go, especially with fellow naturalists, coworkers, and campers. Upham Woods has provided me with a sense of family that I am very grateful for, […]

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The Wider Impact of Outdoor Learning

From Erik Rosholt, Wisconsin Dells High School Teacher & Upham Woods Staff Member: The educational opportunities at Upham Woods are not only unique, but highly effective. Hands-on learning outdoors not only engages children’s interests, it engages a wider spectrum of intelligences as well. This means that more children will find themselves interested in the outdoor […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Quentin Cauffman

Hello, my name is Quentin! I am honored to be a part of the summer of 2017 Upham Staff here in the Dells. I am from Elkhorn, WI which is located in Walworth County where I love spending time camping and enjoying the outdoors. I have just graduated from The Ohio State University with a […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Erik Rosholt

Hello! My name is Erik Rosholt and am a teaching naturalist this summer at Upham Woods. I live in Wisconsin Dells, WI, and teach art at the local high school. I have been teaching for 15 years. I thoroughly enjoy art and have plenty to say about professional wrestling. I have a great appreciation of […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Caleb Jenks

Hello, I am Caleb Jenks, and I am joining the Upham Woods staff as a teaching naturalist this summer.  I grew up in the sprawling metropolis of Sullivan, Wisconsin, in Jefferson County.  As a kid, I was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and spent a lot of time caring for a wide […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Alex Duda

Hello, my name is Alex and I will be one of the 2017 Summer Naturalists here at Upham Woods. Home when I’m not in school is the Chicago Suburbs about 190 miles away in Villa Park, IL. I currently attend Southern Illinois University and in my senior year I’ll be finishing my degree in Recreation […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Valenka Kosick

Hello, my name is Valenka! I am very excited to be at Upham Woods for this Summer of 2017 in the Wisconsin Dells. Home is 200 miles south in Walworth County where I spend school breaks with my dad fishing and shooting trap. I go to school at the University of Massachusetts where I study […]

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Naturalist Spotlight: Drew Dettmann

Hello! My name is Drew Dettmann and I am a summer teaching naturalist at Upham Woods. I was born, raised, and currently live in Baraboo, Wisconsin. I love doing almost any activity outdoors, but mostly I enjoy horseback riding. I have been barrel racing since the age of 10 and developed a strong passion for […]

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