Gabi has been in the field of conservation education for more than 20 years, working for both governmental and non-profit organizations. Her career has taken her all over the country, and before moving to Montana in 2019 she was the Education Outreach Director for a conservation non-profit for 13 years in southwest Colorado. She has always enjoyed teaching people of all ages, mentoring volunteers and staff, and collaborating with community organizations. While in Colorado, she was founding steering committee member of a coalition who facilitates a more holistic approach to getting youth into the outdoors in Montezuma County. She was also a member of the Southwest Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council. She has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University, and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of Wooster in Ohio. In her spare time, Gabi and her family can often be found exploring Montana while hiking, skiing, rafting, mountain biking, and picking huckleberries!
Heather is a familiar face to many at the Montana Audubon Center. She served as its first education director from 2008-2014 before moving north to Lavina to help run the family ranch. She returned to the Center part-time in 2015, and is now our coordinator for adult programs. Heather earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Education from MSU-Billings, and spent her graduate residency at the Teton Science Schools in Wyoming. She is also a certified Montana Master Naturalist. Heather enjoys sharing nature with others and helping them discover the endless wonders that await outdoors.
Sarah is a native Montana girl with a love for adventure. Formerly a classroom teacher, she enjoys the freedom of discovery that environmental education allows. As a parent and outdoor educator of over 16 years, Sarah believes that spending time outdoors is vital to children’s development and well being. In 2015, Sarah was honored by the Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA) as Environmental Educator of the year. She is also a certified Montana Master Naturalist and is passionate about learning outside and enjoying all the world has to offer.
Emily moved to Billings from Dayton, Ohio in the fall of 2014 and quickly found the Center through participation of her two sons in the Nature Nuts program. She has a degree in Natural and Historical Interpretation and Applied Science at Hocking Technical College and has provided conservation education programs to local communities ever since, including with the Five Rivers MetroParks. Billings is the farthest west Emily has been and she’s excited to be a part of the Montana Audubon Center.
Hannah Finch has worked at the Center since joining our Summer Camp staff in 2016. Her immediate past position was at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA, in school programs similar to those we provide in Billings. Hannah is particularly knowledgeable about raptors, having worked with live birds at the George Miksch Sutton Aviation Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. Hannah is now leading our youth programs, including Homeschool, Afterschool, and Summer Camps.
Alina has been at the Montana Audubon Center since 2017. Originally from Walla Walla, WA, she received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Whitworth University. Before arriving in Montana, she worked in a variety of outdoor-related positions around the Pacific Northwest, including multiple summers as a wilderness horse camp instructor. Alina has a passion for all things outdoors, including fly-fishing, hiking, and birding, which she shares with her husband and daughter. As the leader of school programs, she coordinates the Audubon Naturalists in the Schools and other field trips. She is also a professional photographer, often lending her keen artistic eye to projects at the Center.
Taisha has grown up and lived all over the state of Montana. She started at the Montana Audubon Center in the summer of 2016, and loves being a part of the education team. Teaching and being outside are two of her favorite things. She graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from Rocky Mountain College here in Billings in 2013 and completed her Environmental Science BA in 2019. Living in Montana, Taisha is enveloped in nature, and loves everything from hiking, kayaking, to fly fishing and skiing. She hopes to continue her work in Environmental Education as long as she can!
Nicki grew up in western New York State and has loved the outdoors from a young age. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and several years of experience teaching in the US and abroad. She spent several years leading groups in outdoor experiential education at camps in PA and served in the Peace Corps for almost three years, teaching environmental education and sustainable agriculture in Paraguay and Guatemala. She and her husband moved to Montana in 2018 and have loved exploring their new home.
Becca is an experienced outdoor science educator with a deep love and appreciation for the natural world. In 2013, she worked with the Audubon Center as a Big Sky Watershed Corps member. She loves sharing the natural world with others and is excited to be back in Montana working with the Audubon Center again. Growing up on a farm in Ohio, she explored the forests, marshes and fields around her and learned early on that no matter where you live, nature will never cease to surprise you. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Marine Specialization and loves teaching about both fresh and saltwater ecosystems and is a true water quality enthusiast. After many years of seasonal work, she’s happy to be putting down roots and calling Montana home.
Anthony grew up in the Chaparral Mountains of Southern California, and took a love of the natural world with him as he completed his B.S. in Ecological Restoration from Humbolt State. With his education in hand, he set out traveling across the western U.S. as a seasonal environmental tech, working as an alpine forman/ranger in Colorado, a restoration technician throughout the greater L.A. area, and a field ecologist for Nevada BLM. He also is a big fan of cross-country running, amateur botanizing, backpacking, and reading Science-Fiction.
Born and raised in Montana and Wyoming, Jenny’s best memories of childhood include time spent in the Big Horn Mountains near Burgess Junction. She is a graduate of Rocky Mountain College, majoring in Psychology and Sociology and is a budding Master Naturalist. She loves all adventures but most of all trips with her family to the National Parks. Jenny also serves as the Program Director of Jane Ferguson Wilderness Adventures, a non-profit leading youth into the Beartooth Wilderness for backpacking experiences. Jenny is always excited to share her curiosity and love of nature with others.