Discover PWC 2018-08-30T20:34:50+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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Our Team
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Jace Hall-StangerPart-Time Educator

Jace grew up in Durham, North Carolina ad has lived in the area ever since. At Piedmont Wildlife Center, Jace enjoys working with the youngest ages, as has a passion for creating exciting nature memories to help our youngins connect with nature further as they grow older. When not at PWC, Jace can be found taking road trips to the mountains or beach, writing, or covered in mud in the middle of a swamp.

Aosha WellsBackpacking Trip Leader

I am a North Carolina native who has spent most of my life in the outdoors. I’ve been working with piedmont since the age of 12, and truly love sharing my experiences and teaching kids about the natural world. When I’m not teaching you can find me traveling around the country, hiking, climbing and playing music.

Rufus KingPart-Time Educator- Counselor in Training

I have been within environmental ed for around 10 years. I enjoy nature because of all it can teach us, and i truly love experiencing it. PWC has had a massive impact on my leadership skills. The camps here have helped form me into who I am today.

Ramzi Cope-MuslehEducation Intern

I have practically grown up at PWC. I love playing all the games and getting to be outdoors. PWC is the best camp I've been to!

Shaquilla HamlettPart-Time Educator

I'm a recent graduate from NC State. I enjoy going on nature hikes, birdwatching and being a part of the Raptor Team here at Piedmont. I love how PWC gets people excited to learn about nature and I hope to do the same this summer.

Owen DollPart-Time Educator- Counselor in Training

I have been coming to PWC for 10 years & have always had a strong connection to this place. I greatly enjoy teaching the campers about primitive skills, starting friction fires, and eating weeds.

Roman StinespringSpecialty Instructor

Roman was born in Ohio and is in school studying education. His favorite thing to do in nature is to not leave nature. Roman enjoys working at PWC because it is the only place of employment where he can be who he is.

Nicolás GalvezPart-Time Educator- Counselor in Training

Nicolás has been coming to PWC since he was a little kid and is thrilled to be working as a part of the education team! He loves bugs, plants, and nature as a whole, especially when he is expanding his knowledge or sharing it with kids.

Micah Segal-MillerPart-Time Educator

Micah is a student at Duke University studying Evolutionary Anthropology. He spends his free time hiking and exploring forests, working on theater shows, and photographing wildlife. Micah grew up in PWC camps, and he is thrilled to take on a leading role with the education team this summer.

Joshua StarlingExecutive Director

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.

Sara SteffenDirector of Conservation

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.

Karen McCallDirector of Education

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.

Joseph “Jo-padeza” KonvickaDurham Program Coordinator

Joseph has worked during the summer camp seasons of '09-'10,'12-'14, and '17.  He is a proud graduate of Western Carolina University and an AmeriCorps alumnus.  He uses his academic knowledge and practiced bushcraft skills to teach at PWC.  When he isn't at work, he is likely doing one of the following: looking for mushrooms, looking for interesting items at Scrap Exchange, experimenting with homemade kombucha, or socializing with outdoor enthusiasts.  E-mail is the best way to contact Joseph; otherwise, try yelling his name really, really loud. If you're still reading this, Joseph currently has a larder of Larabars.  If you ask for one, he may gift one to you!

Noelle DalhouseConservation Educator

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.

Adam PrincePart-Time Educator

Adam has worked here for about 7 years. He loves animals and teaching about them. He mainly focuses on Arthropods and Herptiles.

Nate SwickSpecialty Counselor

Nate has been a counselor at PWC since 2012. He is 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. Nate lives in Greensboro with his wife and 2 young children.

Kristie HallWildNet Volunteer

Patricia MeyWildNet volunteer

Dan JonesWildNet Volunteer

Anastasia FigureskyWildNet Volunteer

Fran WilsonWildNet Volunteer

Angus DavisAnimal Care Team

Thalia LloydAnimal Care Team

Rebekah ChiquitoAnimal Care Team

Denea LabajettaAnimal Care Team

Chailey LabajettaAnimal Care Team

Kerry SharpAnimal Care Team

Laura GilliomAnimal Care Team

Christon WilesRaptor Team

Kristin FrewRaptor Team

Lilith DavisRaptor Team

Mariah SouderRaptor Team

Adam PrinceRaptor Team

Elizabeth de JonghRaptor Team

Matt JenkinsRaptor Team

Celeste McKnightRaptor Team

Darryl SpancakeAdministrative Team

Dave SchellMaintenance & Construction Team Leader

Gail AbramsRaptor Team

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.

Martha WewerPresident

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 WilesVice President/Secretary

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 MadiganTreasurer

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

Robin Burley

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

Tonya Gillham

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 Archuleta

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.

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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!

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Phone: 919-489-0900

Fax: 919-493-0988

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


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

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