I'm Debra, a naturalist fueled by curiosity, discovery, and passion for the natural world. It is that passion of the natural environment that I share with our local community. I started my love of the outdoors when I was four years old, camping in the wilds of New Jersey. A local resident of Raritan township, I spent my childhood hiking the south branch river and enjoying the pond at Echo Hill.
I joined the Hunterdon County Parks Division full-time as a Park Naturalist in 2018, after being the Seasonal Park Naturalist in 2017. As a previous teacher and master ecologist, I relish educating others and sharing about the environment. I also volunteer in the community as a scout leader and ski patroller. I run the nature club and am involved with our Summer Nature Program. I have created several new programs at the Parks, including Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing), An indoor insect program, and a family-based nature club.