People

Our team of talented wilderness instructors works behind the scenes all year round to bring our programming to life. 

Year-Round Staff

Jed Jordan

Jed Jordan

Founding Director
Aspiring tracker, devoted farmer, and fearless wrangler of details

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Sean Cornell

Sean Cornell

Lead Instructor
Fire wizard, primitive bow hunter, wilderness chef, and keeper of legends

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Megan Pugh

Megan Pugh

Director of Marketing
Passionate designer, strategist, vegan chef, and aspiring yogi

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Lyla White

Lyla White

Lead Instructor
Barefoot explorer, silliness seeker, and master multitasker

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Liz Jesch

Liz Jesch

Field Instructor
Creative kid whisperer, community advocate, and singer of songs

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Ian Statema

Ian Statema

Field Instructor
Ian’s work with nature connection began in his youth with his extensive backpacking.

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Summer Camp Staff

Peter Jesch

Peter Jesch

Field Instructor
Peter is an Eagle Scout and alumnus of the Primitive Pursuits Homeschool Program.

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Sara Pruce

Sara Pruce

Summer Camp Nurse
After working for Primitive Pursuits as an educator, Sara is excited to return in a new capacity as a Registered Nurse.

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Sean Trumbore

Sean Trumbore

Field Staff
Sean is excited to share his experience with archery, fantasy storytelling, woodcarving, and exploring with all the kids in the woods this summer!

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Cindy Montross-Tipa

Cindy Montross-Tipa

Field Instructor
Cindy believes deeply in the power of nature to heal hearts and inspire the child in all of us.

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Elias Mitchell

Elias Mitchell

Field Instructor
Sharing his passions, curiosity, and excitement with youth lights his fire; keeping ancient art forms alive through teaching, adds purpose to his life.

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Nora Littell

Nora Littell

Born and raised in Ithaca, Nora grew up exploring the woods and creeks by her house.

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Ian Statema

Ian Statema

Field Instructor
Ian’s work with nature connection began in his youth with his extensive backpacking.

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We just wanted to say a big thank you for the amazing job you all have done to get the kids back into the forest. Your thoughtful approach to addressing the health and safety concerns of families and staff and your creative ways of solving problems is a testament to how hard you have worked to make summer camp a success. Thank you for getting our kids safely back into the forest.

With Gratitude,

Vida, Doug, Roxana, and Ava