Meet Our Science Educators

Our full-time staff is comprised of a team of individuals who are charged with feeding and caring for our wildlife, as well as presenting our educational programs. Here is an introduction to our Traveling Natural History Programs staff.
Emma Balazs

Emma Balazs

Director of Maine School Programs

Emma grew up in rural Western Massachusetts and spent much of her young life playing in the outdoors and being fascinated by plants and animals. Her love of the natural world led her to study at Colby College in Waterville, ME where she received a B.A. in Biology. She arrived at Chewonki in January 2010 and has been with the Traveling Natural History Programs ever since. She is passionate about natural history education and fostering an emotional connection to and responsibility for nature in our increasingly technology and screen-oriented world. One of the things she enjoys most about working for Chewonki’s traveling programs is visiting communities all over Maine from the Western mountains to the coastal islands and from Caribou to Kittery.

Jessica Woodend

Jessica Woodend

Science Educator

Jessica received her B.S. in Natural Resource based Parks and Recreation from Michigan State University. Before landing in Maine in 2012, she had been traveling the country working in Outdoor Education and Interpretation; making stops in Montana, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, and her home state of Michigan.

Jessica is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Trainer through the National Association for Interpretation, and has been nationally recognized for her interpretive programs. Jessica loves continuing to learn and teach others all about the cool things in nature.

Colleen Moureaux

Science Educator
Colleen was born in raised in Kentucky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management. While in college Colleen received the 2009 Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Volunteer of the Year award for her work at the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
 
After graduating she worked as the director at Liberty Nature Center in Somerset, KY for 1.5 years before finally taking the leap and arriving at Chewonki having never before visited the state of Maine. Colleen loves the fact she gets to work with amazing animals every day and share her love of these animals with the public.
Kyle Wonser

Kyle Wonser

Science Educator

Kyle grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and spent his childhood exploring the woods of the Midwest. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with B.A.s in Zoology and English, developing a passion for science and storytelling that seemed a perfect fit for experiential learning and outdoor education. 

Since 2012, Kyle has been working as an Outdoor School Naturalist in both Ohio and Maine, leading programs in environmental education, wildlife interpretation, and wildlife rehabilitation. Kyle enjoys writing, crafting, birding, and hiking, and is looking forward to exploring the shores and trails of Wiscasset.