Staff & Leaders

Camp leaders


Jake Anderson

I am a Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology student at the U of M, and I will be graduating next year. I've worked as a tour guide at the Bell Museum for two years, and assisted with camps last summer. I am excited to lead camps this year!

Michelle Chmura

I am a geologist and astronomer interested in Earth's surface features and what that can tell us about other planets and moons in our solar system! In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, star gazing and learning!

Carolyn Kocken

I am a sophomore at Montana State University, Bozeman studying geology with a paleontology focus; my interests include hunting for fossils, reading, and enjoying nature with my dog.

Laura Perticara

I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, studying Agricultural Education. I love to sing, read, take walks, and learn. I am excited to teach your camper this week!

Peter Schroedl

I am a student at the U of M pursuing a degree in Earth Sciences. This includes geology, geochemistry, geobiology, geophysics, oceanography, paleontology, and more! I study how the processes on Earth work and apply them on our own planet as well as our neighboring planets. I have worked at the planetarium in the Bell Museum for the last two years. I have been teaching for the last five years and I hope I can inspire your children to be as curious about this topic as I am!

Ana Suson

I am recent graduate of the U of M's Ecology, Evolution & Behavior program, and am currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Education through Hamline University. I love science and animals, so when I'm not at the Bell Museum, I can usually be found at the zoo or humane society!

Camp assistants


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(L to R) Chloe Colvin, Alaina Friedrich, Grace Prins, Rachel Smilanich, Tedd Uphus

Camp directors


Katie

Katie Speckman, co-director
612-624-6878, sathe095@umn.edu

I am the School & Family Programs Coordinator at the Bell Museum and this will be my 8th year directing summer camps. I have a degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from UW-Stevens Point.  I have two children, Jack (6) and Betty (3), and I'm very passionate about helping kids explore the natural world around them and learn new and exciting things.

Heather

Heather Hendrickson, co-director
612-624-8245, cummi344@umn.edu

I am the K–12 Outreach Educator at the Bell Museum. This is my 3rd year involved with the behind-the-scenes work of Summer Camps. I have a masters degree in Entomology fromt he U of M and enjoy being able to bring an extra "buggy" spin to some of our summer camps and other programming. I have a fantastic stepson (14) who has sadly outgrown the Bell's Summer Camps.

David

David Hahn, assistant director

Becca

Rebecca McLaughlin, school & family programs assistant