Discover PWC 2017-09-18T18:34:05+00:00

Discover PWC

Our Mission

Inspiring people to develop a positive lifelong connection with nature & encouraging active engagement in conservation. We accomplish this mission through a community oriented approach to nature education, leadership development and conservation science.

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Stephanie
Stephanie TolarOff-Site and Adult Program Coordinator
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Stephanie is an ecologist and environmental educator who is passionate about connecting people to nature. She teaches adult nature education classes, as well as nature programming for children. She has a Master’s Degree in Biology from Duke University, where she specialized in science education and ecology. Stephanie has a BS in Environmental Sciences and a BA in Italian Language from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a minor in Marine Science. She studied abroad in the Galapagos, Ecuador, and lived in Italy for nine months. She has experience teaching both in the classroom and in the field, with ages 5 through adulthood. Stephanie's teaching philosophy is “whole-student-centered,” and she incorporates a variety of pedagogical methods and active learning approaches. She draws from many different schools of environmental pedagogy, including traditional environmental education, natural resource interpretation, place-based learning, and nature connectedness. These methods put students face-to-face with local ecology, in ways that peak their curiosity and stir their emotions. Stephanie's goal is for students to delight in nature – to enjoy its intrinsic beauty and to harbor a deep appreciation for the environment. She has been working with the Piedmont Wildlife Center since December of 2016.

Joshua
Joshua StarlingExecutive Director
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Joshua joined the Piedmont Wildlife Center staff in July, 2017 with more than 15 years of non-profit management in the areas of youth, educational, and leadership development.  While attending North Carolina State University, Joshua began his career in radio in 1995 with Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In 2003, Joshua joined NC State University to serve in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as the Executive Director of the North Carolina FFA Foundation.  It was there that he developed his skills in fundraising by providing support for the more than 405 Agricultural Education teachers and 42,000 students involved in North Carolina's public, private and home school agricultural education programs.  In addition to his professional responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his wife Camber and their two sons, Grayson and Braxton.  He is an avid fan of college sports, eating "Eastern North Carolina" barbeque, and spending time outdoors on or in the water.

Sibyl
Sibyl KempOffice Manager
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Sibyl grew up in Eastern North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2015, and has since settled in-between in the Triangle. An appreciation for the world around her makes traveling one of her favorite hobbies, yet also inspires a deep passion for connecting to and learning from all the wonderful things to be found in NC. She enjoys helping with the day-to-day organizational facets of PWC that ensure that important work can keep happening outside.

Adam
Adam PrincePart-Time Educator
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I’ve worked here for about 6 years. I love animals and teaching about them. I focus mainly on Arthropods and Herptiles.

Madison
Madison DillardPart-Time Educator
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I am a recent graduate of NC State who loves teaching and the outdoors! My areas of focus are public education and bones or archaeological artifacts. I love being able to work with children everyday and watch them grow and learn!

Hannah
Hannah DavisPart-Time Educator
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Hannah is a born and raised "Raleigh-ite." She graduated from Catawba College in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Communications and Minors in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. While at Catawba, Hannah spent most of her time working in the 89-acre ecological preserve owned by the school and helping out The Center for the Environment with the maintenance, care, and environmental education activities they hosted there. In her off time, Hannah enjoys hiking with her dogs and studying fallen logs in search of Salamanders.

Lauren
Lauren GoodmanPart-Time Educator
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Lauren was born in Norman, OK. She graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill where she spent 6 months researching sharks in the Galápagos Archipelago. She has a B.S in Environmental Science and a minors in Geography an  Biology. She is now attending graduate school at UNC, where her research focuses on shark nursery conservation. Lauren joined PWC in December of 2016 as an education intern and has since transitioned into a part-time position.

Micah
Micah Segal – MillerPart-Time Educator
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Micah is a student at Duke University studying Evolutionary Anthropology, Education, and Theater. He spends his free time working on shows, photographing wildlife, and hanging out with friends. Micah grew up in PWC camps, and he is thrilled to continue into his seventh year with the education team where he helps kids connect with and appreciate nature.

Crystal
Crystal MorelSummer Camp Staff
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I am a nature enthusiast and love being outside with children. I have worked with Piedmont Wildlife Center since 2011, and am so excited to be exploring Umstead State Park this summer!

Nate
Nate SwickSpecialty Counselor
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I have been a counselor at PWC since 2012. I am an Environmental Educator and Interpretive Naturalist; the editor of the American Birding Association blog, and the author of Birding for the Curious and the upcoming ABA Field Guide to the Birds of the Carolinas. I live in Greensboro with my wife and 2 young children.

Leah
Leah BlockSummer Camp Staff
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My name is Leah Block and I have always been described as a “nature girl.” My childhood was spent running through the woods and using my imagination. This led me to work at the YMCA, as a camp counselor for a little over 2 years. Wanting to switch things up and find a more nature-centric workplace, I came to the PWC.

Mary
Mary NeeseSummer Camp Staff
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Nature loving mama who finds peace while outside. I love being around others who also find joy in nature. Totally into birds, but I am branching out and learning about bugs (my toddler’s favorite). I’m experienced leading small groups of children in nature. I enjoy talking with parents and educators about what it is that we do all day in the woods. PWC is my village. There is no where else I’d rather spend my summer.

Linda
Linda MagleySummer Camp Staff
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Teacher of 27 years. I teach Art, Reading, and Environmental Education. Very excited about working at PWC this summer.

Nancy
Nancy BasketSpecialty Counselor
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An artist in SC public school for 26 years. Basketry, papermaking, storytelling – raised 6 kids, let them all live 🙂 used humor instead of anger. Love people of all ages. PWC incorporates Native principles of respecting elders and uses Jon Young’s systemology. Sarah and Karen are awesome beings.

Dorian
DorianSummer Camp Staff
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I have been going to PWC as a camper and CIT for several years now.  I love the programs and working outdoors with children.

Kristie
Kristie HallWildNet Volunteer
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Patricia
Patricia MeyWildNet volunteer
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Dan
Dan JonesWildNet Volunteer
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Anastasia
Anastasia FigureskyWildNet Volunteer
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Fran
Fran WilsonWildNet Volunteer
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Angus
Angus DavisAnimal Care Team
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Thalia
Thalia LloydAnimal Care Team
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Rebekah
Rebekah ChiquitoAnimal Care Team
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Denea
Denea LabajettaAnimal Care Team
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Chailey
Chailey LabajettaAnimal Care Team
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Kerry
Kerry SharpAnimal Care Team
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Laura
Laura GilliomAnimal Care Team
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Christon
Christon WilesRaptor Team
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Kristin
Kristin FrewRaptor Team
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Lilith
Lilith DavisRaptor Team
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Mariah
Mariah SouderRaptor Team
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Adam
Adam PrinceRaptor Team
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Elizabeth
Elizabeth de JonghRaptor Team
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Matt
Matt JenkinsRaptor Team
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Celeste
Celeste McKnightRaptor Team
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Darryl
Darryl SpancakeAdministrative Team
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Dave
Dave SchellMaintenance & Construction Team Leader
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Gail
Gail AbramsRaptor Team
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Gail has a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Towson University and a M.S. degree in Outdoor Education from Northern Illinois University.  She has been leading environmental education organizations and developing raptor education programs for over 30 years. Gail joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in March 2005 and retired as the Executive Director on June 30, 2017.

Karen
Karen McCallDirector of Education
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Karen grew up in Chapel Hill spending much of her life outside immersed in nature.  She has spent many years along the southeast coast and in the tropics studying the varying ecosystems. For more than ten years, she has been working in Environmental Education. She has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in May of 2012.

Sara
Sara SteffenDirector of Conservation
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Sara grew up in Apex, North Carolina and loved the natural world from an early age. She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and went on to complete her Master’s from North Carolina State University in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology where she studied Loggerhead sea turtles on the NC coast. Since graduate school, she obtained her NC environmental educators certification. She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the summer of 2011.

Shealyn
Shealyn ElsteinDurham Program Coordinator
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Shealyn was born in Durham, NC and has lived the majority of her life in the triangle area. She graduated NC State University after a semester abroad in Australia studying the unique ecosystems of New South Wales. She has a B.S in Environmental Science and a minor in Outdoor Leadership. After graduation, she worked as an intern with the National Park Service in southeast Utah, before returning back to NC. She has been working in environmental education, and outdoor education for over 3 years. Shealyn joined PWC in August of 2015 as a botany intern and has since transitioned into the education department.

Noelle
Noelle DalhouseConservation Educator
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Noelle grew up in eastern North Carolina, taking a day trip to the beach any chance she could. She attended NC State University and received her B.S. in Marine Science, with minors in Zoology and Animal Science. Since graduation, Noelle has worked at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, educating students young and old about the natural world around them. She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center's team in the fall of 2016.

Martha
Martha WewerPresident
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Martha Wewer joined the board in March of 2016 and is a Privacy Officer for RTI International. Martha lives in Holly Springs with her husband, Tim, and two children.

Christon
Christon WilesVice President/Secretary
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Christon joined the board in May 2016 and is a Business Development Associate at BioResource International, Inc. Christon is a raptor volunteer and recent graduate of North Carolina State University.

Brian
Brian MadiganTreasurer
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Brian Madigan joined the board in February 2016 and is the Chief Operating Officer of Big Think Innovations. Brian lives in North Raleigh.

Derek
Derek Sanger
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Derek joined the board in April 2014 and is the Director of Product Management at Fidelity Stock Plan Services. Derek lives in Durham with his wife, Sam, and their daughter Elly.

Robin
Robin Burley
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Robin joined the board in May of 2016 and is the Sr. Customer Operations Manager at Cisco Systems.

Tonya
Tonya Gillham
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Tonya joined the board in June 2016 and is the Development and Marketing Director at the National Inclusion Project. Tonya lives in Cary with her husband, David, and their son Chris.

Nicole
Nicole Archuleta
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Nicole joined the board in March 2017 and has been a raptor team volunteer since 2014. She is a full time homeschool mom and lives in North Raleigh.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Wildlife Ambassadors

Our educational animals serve as ambassadors for their individual species. All of our ambassadors have permanent homes at PWC. They each came from a rescue situation, most commonly from an owner-surrender.

Our raptors were all rehabilitated after obtaining extensive injuries, but deemed non-releasable due to their inability to fly.

Find out more

Our Facility

The Piedmont Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2003. Our office is located at Leigh Farm Park which is an 82.8 acre city park in South Durham. The center itself is located in a log cabin at the end of the Leigh Farm road.  This is the location for our main office and outdoor raptor viewing exhibits.

While many of our animals are not on display to the general public, feel free to come out on any of our programs or book us for an educational adventure at your school!

Locations

Phone: 919-489-0900

Fax: 919-493-0988

Email us: admin@piedmontwildlifecenter.org

Main location and office: 364 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707

Orange County Chapel Hill location: 4215 NC-86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Wake County Raleigh location: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Join Our Team

Employment

Check our current opportunities in Summer Camp Staff Openings, Wildlife Conservation Internships and much more!

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Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for Piedmont Wildlife Center through a service learning project?

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