Co-Founder and Program & Site Director // 631.241.0088
"Ranger Eric," as students know him, is a biologist, teacher, photographer, outdoorsman, and overall nature-lover. He started leading nature hikes in 1987 as a Park Ranger in Colorado until he served two years in the US Peace Corps as Environmental Education Officer. Since then, he has been running nature centers in Colorado, Alabama, and New York. In 2005, he started his dream company, YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE (YC2N), because so many kids are so detached from nature and wildlife. Our programs connect classrooms to field studies and give people a better understanding of their local environment. His on-going wildlife projects include "Save Our Box Turtles," "Quail vs Ticks Study," and "Owl Nesting Projects."
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Rebecca Muellers co-founded the Art & Nature Group, Inc. and CEED with Eric Powers. She currently serves as volunteer Executive Director for CEED. Rebecca is also a Wilderness Skills Instructor, trained by Primitive Pursuits of Ithaca, NY, an experiential environmental education and nature awareness program that uses an all-outdoor curriculum centered on wilderness skills and nature mentoring. Rebecca aims to establish Primitive Pursuits programming at CEED, hoping to ignite a spark in individuals and communities that lead to life-long relationships with the natural world and foster our children’s ability to care for themselves, their community and the environment. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations, and her professional experience has been in the marketing, public relations and special event fields, including corporate, not-for-profit and small firms. Additionally, Rebecca has served on several non-profit Boards, including three cooperative preschools and with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Rebecca is passionate about helping build CEED into a thriving resource that both connects people with nature and serves as a collaborative community center.