Just beyond our doors - in city and suburbs alike - there is a wondrous world of natural activity. Whether in a local forest, pond, or even the park at the end of the block, the cycle of life and the daily happenings of nature can delight a young child's unbridled curiosity all year round.
PUDDLESTOMPERS' mission is to connect the youngest naturalists, ages 2 to 8 (and their parents and caregivers) to the open spaces in their communities. By providing children and families with seeds of interest and tools of exploration, PUDDLESTOMPERS seeks to help build the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment, love of the outdoors, and a lasting stewardship of nature. A percentage of PUDDLESTOMPERS' revenues are given to the host towns to support local environmental education and/or conservation efforts.
PUDDLESTOMPERS programming is offered throughout the Greater Boston Area. We partner with various schools, preschools, and Park and Recreation Departments in order to service as many different communities as possible. To see where our programs are offered, please visit our Locations page.
For almost 20 years our experienced teacher naturalists have been exploring nature alongside children and their families. Our programs offer children and their families the opportunity to explore the mysteries and wonders of nature in a safe and nurturing environment. Our integrated environmental curriculum develops a wide range of skills such as observation, classification, color/number identification and life skills. Social skills also develop as children work as a group to ask and answer questions about plants, animals, and habitats. Children are encouraged to talk about their experiences and express themselves with art, music, active movement, and play. Our Programs include:
Rachel Rock, Founder and Co-President
Rachel grew up in a 55-acre arboretum in Philadelphia giving her an appreciation for the value of nature and the richness it brings to a child's life and imagination as an environment of play and exploration. Rachel graduated from Brown University and received a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins Unniversity. She has worked as a teacher, a nature camp counselor, and spent summers and school vacations working on a farm. Her delight in her own four children's discovery of nature inspired the creation of PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration.
Carol Milewich, Co-President
Carol has an expertise in financial analysis and planning. After receiving her MBA in Marketing and Finance from New York University, Carol worked in the broadcast industry as a financial manager for NBC TV and WBZ-TV. As an independent consultant, Carol worked on projects for Harvard University, WGBH, various local start-up companies, and established companies. She has also worked as a preschool substitute teacher. Carol comes from a family of small business owners and has two daughters with whom she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring the seashore. Carol can be reached at: email@example.com.
Sara Feit, Director of Operations/Lead Teacher
Sara has been in and around nature her whole life, from exploring the shoreline in Rhode Island as a child to swimming with turtles in Hawaii. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Health Policy, and has been teaching ever since! She spent two summers working with PUDDLESTOMPERS as a Lead Teacher before becoming the Manager of Operations for two years and as of July 2019 stepping into the role of Director. If she's not teaching, you can find Sara exploring walking trails around Boston or attempting to catch critters! Sara can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Roberts, Program Director/Lead Teacher
Melissa has enjoyed the outdoors since she was digging for worms and salamanders as a toddler in Connecticut. She continues to have a passion for educating children about the natural world as PUDDLESTOMPERS’ lead teacher and Assistant Program Director for over a decade. She spent 10 years as a teacher in social and behavioral development in Weston in addition to PUDDLESTOMPERS. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking, surfing, and exploring New England with her husband. Melissa can be reached at: email@example.com.
Bre Whittemore, Manager of Operations/Lead Teacher
Bre’s love for the outdoors started as a toddler exploring the coastal waters on Cape Cod. From a young age she knew that she wanted to help spread the wonder of the natural world to others. She graduated from University of Maine with a degree in Marine Science, after spending a year at sea she decided to purse her passion for education. She was drawn to PUDDLESTOMPERS mission to help spread the love of the outdoors through hands on exploration! When she is not teaching she can be found hiking, camping, and exploring the coast. Bre can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.