The Green Meadows staff are a fantastic group of dynamic and highly qualified individuals. All staff are employees of the Merced County Office of Education and are background checked and fingerprinted as well as CPR trained. The Naturalist staff are all graduates of a four year university, and occasionally some interns are currently working towards a degree at the time of their internship. In addition, each school year at Camp Green Meadows starts off with two weeks of staff training. Our teaching staff pride themselves on their professionalism and are dedicated to creating a positive and impacting experience for students at Camp Green Meadows.
Robert Bassett – Principal
Bob was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Rowland High School and worked his way through college building houses and other construction jobs. He attended several colleges and universities as he selected the best instructors in the Natural Sciences. Bob received a B.S. in Biology and two teaching credentials from Cal State Bakersfield and his administrators credential from Fresno Pacific University. He has taught at the elementary, middle school and high school grade levels. As an administrator Bob has worked with special needs, alternative ed, high school, and elementary students. He came to work in outdoor education when he was hired as the Principal for Green Meadows in 2009. Bob has found his niche in education. “Students at Green Meadows daily get to touch, taste and feel science. We create a lifetime of memories every week.”
Bob’s nature name is “El Capitan.”
Christopher Mouanoutoua – Naturalist
Christopher was born and raised in the central valley (Fresno, California) and recently relocated back to California from North Carolina in Fall of 2017 where he went to college at the University of Mount Olive to study Recreation & Leisure and East Carolina University for graduate school to study Recreation & Parks Administration. He loves the inspiring atmosphere of Green Meadows and his favorite things about working in the outdoors is being in a position to mentor, play, and share his love for the wilderness with the wonderful students of the central valley. During his free time he enjoys adventure pursuits like hiking, sports, photography, climbing, and being on the river, particularly in the form of fly-fishing. He also is a master underwater basket weaver!
Christopher’s nature name is “Creek.”
Nathan Hunnicutt – Naturalist
Nathan grew up on the east coast in Midlothian, Virginia. His love for the outdoors stems from hiking and backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his family every summer. Later he attended Elon University, earning a degree in Middle Grades Education. During his time at Elon, his passion for the environment brought him to Western North Carolina where he worked at an environmental education camp, leading kids on hikes, backpacking trips, and all-day learning projects about the world around them. Before working at Camp Green Meadows, Nathan was a middle school math student teacher and assistant swim coach. Nathan is excited to explore the surrounding environment with the students and share his love for the natural world with them. In his free time, Nathan enjoys rock climbing with his friends and family, backpacking different mountain ranges, finding funky mushrooms, and creating a new recipe.
Nathan’s nature name is “Blue Ridge.”
Katie Curry – Intern Naturalist
Katie was born and raised in Northern California. She grew up in Windsor, CA but considers Arcata, CA to be her home. She graduated with a degree in Recreation Administration from Humboldt State University.
Growing up Katie always loved the outdoors. She found her appreciation from family camping trips, exploring in her grandma’s big backyard, sitting out under the stars, hiking, and swimming in creeks. Katie found her passion for working with kids in outdoor spaces when she worked at a summer camp back in 2013.
Before arriving at Camp Green Meadows, Katie got the opportunity to intern as a Naturalist at College Settlement in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Most recently she had the opportunity to work in Virginia at a rock climbing gym and for the City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation department. In her free time, Katie loves to hike, rock climb, sports in general, photography, archery, skiing, sewing, watching movies, crafting, and road-tripping.
Katie’s nature name is “Teton.”
Chris Prigmore – Senior Maintenance
Chris’s nature name is “Cobalt.”