Caroline Eliot came to CREA after seven years as Associate Director at Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust where she coordinated the land trust’s successful bid to become accredited under national standards, directed stewardship of 2,500 acres of conservation land (including Cathance River Nature Preserve), managed many miles of trails, and was deeply involved in managing and administering the trust’s programs. Prior to that, she spent time raising a family and worked in Maine in natural resource planning and policy at both the state (Maine Department of Conservation) and regional level (Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission). She has a BA in English from Princeton and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Caroline feels a deep connection to and interest in the natural world and loves being part of a community organization that connects people to nature. She also believes in the power of education. She served on the school board of SAD 75 for six years and spent many delightful years volunteering in her children’s school, helping with everything from reading to nature-based science activities. She lives on 50 acres in Bowdoin with her husband, Ben, where they enjoy living as sustainably as possible. Having launched her two sons into the world, Caroline now spends her spare time replacing lawn with native plants, enjoying her chickens and bees, biking, running, and doing pretty much anything outdoors. Caroline is delighted to be working with CREA which works so hard to help all generations appreciate and understand science and nature, especially the youngest generation. She hopes the youth we work with will carry their passion and knowledge into adulthood, where they can apply it to crafting innovative solutions to the environmental challenges of our time.
Educator and School Program Coordinator
After graduating from Bowdoin College in 2002 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Sarah spent a year or so dabbling in renewable energy work, farming jobs, and academic research on pollination ecology, but it didn’t take long to realize that she finds all of these topics much more enjoyable when explored through the lens of teaching and mentoring kids! She enjoys the challenge of bringing to life these science curriculum topics, and making them relevant and accessible to young students. Sarah is likely to be found imitating the hunting tactics of a red fox or acting out the life cycle of a dragonfly. Sarah worked at a variety of local environmental education programs—Maine Audubon, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed most recently—before settling down to develop programs with CREA, right here in her own backyard. Sarah lives in Brunswick with her husband Trevor and their daughter Avery. She truly loves working with children, helping to encourage and cultivate their natural enthusiasm for enjoying and protecting the natural world. She is excited to continue working with CREA to offer programs that will help local children discover this spectacular nature preserve only miles from downtown Brunswick/Topsham!
Educator and School Program Coordinator
Carey is a certified elementary school teacher with over 15 years of experience in education, including both classroom and community settings. She was a 4th grade teacher at Hussey Elementary in Augusta, worked at the Center for Teaching & Learning in Edgecomb, was the Education Coordinator for the Morris Farm Trust in Wiscasset, and a Program Naturalist with the Audubon Society of New Hampshire. Carey holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Botany from Connecticut College and has completed the first year of a Master’s program in Environmental Education at the University of New Hampshire.
Camp Director & Administrator
Jenny Mueller joined the CREA team in August 2018. Prior to joining CREA Jenny was Program Director at the Y in New Gloucester and Camp Director of Otter Pond Summer Camp in Standish. Jenny moved to Maine in 2015 from the DC Area where she was the Camp Director of the Headfirst Companies, one of DC’s largest summer day camp operations. Jenny has taught English & Art in South America and is a passionate Adaptive Ski Coach – teaching adults and children with disabilities since 2006. Jenny loves the outdoors and year round spends time with her husband and two daughters hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, skiing and exploring.