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New executive director to lead Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center

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One of the places children can play at Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Education Center in Robeson Township. (Courtesy of Rock Hollow Woods)

Michelle Zeitz is the new executive director at Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center.

Michelle Zeitz has been appointed as the new executive director of Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center in Robeson Township.

Zeitz has been an educator with Rock Hollow Woods since 2018 and associate director since 2020, when she gradually took on more administrative responsibility.

She is a professional educator with certifications in both elementary education and special education. Prior to her involvement with Rock Hollow Woods, Zeitz spent 11 years as a middle school teacher. She will continue to teach and lead the Rock Hollow Woods Pre-K program, as well as teach other educational programs throughout the year.

“I am honored and excited to step into the role of executive director,” Zeitz said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the board of directors, staff and volunteers at Rock Hollow Woods to further the mission and serve additional children through new and expanded programming.”

Zeitz will be responsible for overseeing the administration, finances, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other responsibilities include fundraising, marketing and community outreach. The executive director position is a part-time position that reports directly to the board.

Zeitz officially began her new responsibilities as executive director on Sept. 1.
Jean McCarney, the organization’s co-founder and previous executive director, will continue to serve on the board and teach, allowing her more time to spend with family, according to the news release.

“I am grateful Michelle will be our executive director,” McCarney said in a news release. “Her leadership will continue to move Rock Hollow Woods forward and she is passionate about getting children outside to explore and grow. Michelle has already done so much for Rock Hollow Woods and it is exciting to see how she will lead us into the future.”

Douglas Metcalfe, board president, said the transition of leadership will be seamless.

“This is really the best possible scenario,” Metcalfe said in a news release. “We are grateful to continue to have Jean’s founding vision, passion for teaching, and experience while Michelle takes over the reins. Michelle begins her new role as executive director with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the organization.

“She has already demonstrated her commitment and passion to our mission. The Board of Directors is confident that Michelle will successfully lead the organization forward.”

Founded in 2012, Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center is a nonprofit center on 77 acres. Its mission is to provide children with outdoor opportunities to discover and learn about the natural world and empower them to protect their environment. 

The learning center is designed to inspire children to connect with the natural world, discover its wonders, and become lifelong environmental stewards.  Children at Rock Hollow Woods are immersed in outdoor activities, under the direction of certified teachers, that engage and connect them to the environment.

To learn more about Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Education Center and its Nature Pre-K go to


Source: Berkshire mont

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