Environmental education


One of the places where kids can play is the Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Education Center in Robeson Township. (Courtesy of Rock Hollow Woods)

Michelle Zeitz is the new Executive Director of the Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center.

Michelle Zeitz has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center in Robeson Township.

Zeitz has been an educator at Rock Hollow Woods since 2018 and Associate Director since 2020, when she gradually took on more administrative responsibilities.

She is a professional educator with certifications in elementary and special education. Prior to her involvement with Rock Hollow Woods, Zeitz spent 11 years as a college teacher. She will continue to teach and lead the Rock Hollow Woods Pre-K program, as well as teach other educational programs throughout the year.

“I am honored and delighted to assume the role of Executive Director,” Zeitz said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the Rock Hollow Woods board, staff and volunteers to advance the mission and serve other children through new and expanded programs. “

Zeitz will be responsible for overseeing the administration, finances, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other responsibilities include fundraising, marketing and community outreach. The position of Chief Executive Officer is a part-time position that reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Zeitz officially took up her new role as Executive Director on September 1.
Jean McCarney, co-founder and former CEO of the organization, will continue to serve on the board and teach, which will allow her to spend more time with her family, according to the press release.

“I am grateful that Michelle is our executive director,” McCarney said in a press release. “Her leadership will continue to move Rock Hollow Woods forward and she is passionate about bringing kids outdoors to explore and grow. Michelle has done so much for Rock Hollow Woods already and it’s exciting to see how she leads us in the future.

Douglas Metcalfe, Chairman of the Board, said the leadership transition will be smooth.

“This really is the best possible scenario,” Metcalfe said in a press release. “We are grateful to continue to have Jean’s founding vision, his passion for teaching and his experience while Michelle takes the reins. Michelle begins her new role as Executive Director with extensive experience and organizational knowledge.

“She has already demonstrated her commitment and passion for our mission. The Board of Directors is confident that Michelle will successfully lead the organization forward.

Founded in 2012, the Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center is a 77-acre non-profit center. Its mission is to provide children with outdoor opportunities to discover and learn about the natural world and to empower them to protect their environment.

The Learning Center is designed to inspire children to connect with the natural world, discover its wonders, and become lifelong stewards of the environment. The children of Rock Hollow Woods are immersed in outdoor activities, under the guidance of certified teachers, who engage them and connect them to the environment.

To learn more about the Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Education Center and its Nature Pre-K, visit https://www.rockhollowwoods.org.