Alison Rubelmann is the Director of the ANRC, where she has been employed since 1998. Prior to assuming the directorship at ANRC, she was the Assistant Director. Previous experience includes the US Forest Service, doing biological research. Her expertise includes taxonomy of vascular plants, habitat management, species identification, and project management, and two decades as a natural science educator. She holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science and a B.S. in Biology.
Wendy Sabol began her career at Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center in 2003 as a ranger and became Assistant Director in 2014 where she is responsible for teaching environmental educational school programs. Her education includes a BS in Biology, minor in Anthropology, MS in Environmental Education and CT Secondary Education Cert. in Biology and Science.
Wendy is dedicated to nurturing a lasting connection between children and the natural world. She enjoys encouraging a sense of wonder in children and loves to learn and grow alongside her students. Wendy has an innate curiosity about nature and her student’s perception of it. On her days off she likes to hike, run, bike, and kayak with her family and dog.
Contact her to set up a class by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 203 736-1053
“If a child is to keep alive their inborn sense of wonder, they need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with them the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ―Rachel Carson
Dawn Sotir – Park Ranger
Dawn Sotir has been a staff member of the ANRC for close to ten years. She has a wide expanse of knowledge, including–but not limited to–sustainable living, colonial history, environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation, farming, spinning, gardening, knitting and weaving.
As Coordinator of the Charger Club after school program at the ANRC, Dawn immerses public school children in the natural world, teaching them about what lies beyond the doors of their classroom. She also runs the Fiber Arts Circle at the ANCR on Tuesday evenings.
When not at the ANRC, Dawn works at the Derby Historical Society where she reenacts daily life from the colonial era while teaching local history to her students.
Dawn is at home at Coon Hollow Farm in Oxford, where she raises a menagerie of animals along with her husband, Tim.
Jessica Sulkowski – Park Ranger
Jessica Sulkowski graduated from UCONN with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity. When she’s not with Two Coyotes Wilderness School, Jessica is at the Ansonia Nature Center, where she works to rehabilitate wildlife and teaches environmental education programs. Jessica has a profound love for both teaching and wild animals. Her driving force in life is to foster love and connection with the environment so the wild lands we so deeply enjoy will be preserved for many generations to come.
Daniel Bosques – Park Ranger
At the Ansonia Nature Center, Daniel Bosques specializes in guided hikes, programs pertaining to American Indian culture, handcraft workshops, primitive technology, and historical activities. Dan prides himself on his knowledge and research of early colonial history. He works with various historical organizations, including the Institute for American Indian Studies, and the Derby Historical Society, as a historical interpreter. As a student of anthropology, Dan specializes in ethnographic research of Woodland Indian Culture. He has had his historical reproductions and folk art featured locally, as well as sold abroad. When Dan is not spending time amongst nature and the ancient stone works, he is a full-time father of 2 children, husband to their loving mother, and practices his passion for history and the arts.
Amie Ziner – Park Ranger
Amie Ziner’s interest in nature goes back to her childhood years along the Hudson River valley of NY State. A self taught naturalist, she learned about the wild areas around her through reading and exploring. At eight years of age, she started her own garden. Amie has taken classes in botany at SUNY, volunteered at animal shelters, and collected minerals and fossils on her wanderings. For a while, she thought she would become a Nature Science Illustrator. Amie is an artist, and nature is part of her practice, but not her sole focus. Today, in addition to working at the Ansonia Nature Center, Amie teaches Nature and Science classes at the YMCA, where she shares her love of those subjects with summer campers and after school students.