Nature Day Camp Staff

Nature Day Camp staff members are compassionate, enthusiastic, responsible, experienced and dedicated to creating a positive and enriching experience for your children.

Julia McLeod, Camp Director

Julia McLeod has worked with youth and adults in a variety of outdoor settings over the past 18 years. For the past nine years she has focused on environmental education and community outreach for land trusts in Maine. As part of her role as Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Outreach Coordinator, she has directed and led Nature Day Camp since 2013. During this time, camp expanded from one to eight weeks and the waiting list grows every year. She also develops and implements outdoor, place-based, hands-on science curriculum for Harpswell Community School.

When not at work, Julia enjoys living on and helping out at Scratch Farm in Bowdoin. She spends as much time as possible cooking, creating, swimming, running, biking, camping, playing and spending time in nature with her husband and two children, ages three and seven.

Lauren Watkinson, Preschool Camp Leader

Lauren Watkinson is an experienced printmaker and designer who has turned her passion for art, nature and children into a career in education. Lauren has more than five years of teaching experience in a preschool setting and is currently a full-time preschool teacher at Harpswell Community Nursery School. She started working for Nature Day Camp in 2018.

Lauren lives in Brunswick. In Lauren’s spare time she loves coaching youth soccer, volunteering in her children’s classrooms, and spending as much time outdoors as possible with her husband and their four children.

Kristy Montana, Elementary Camp Leader

Kristy Montana has enjoyed 15 years working as an educator with youth in settings ranging from schools to libraries to summer camps. She started working for Nature Day Camp in 2018.

Kristy lives in Harpswell with her husband and daughter. They enjoy the way of life and connection to the natural world found on the Maine coast. Kristy says: “A day that includes hiking, kayaking, gardening and canning, a baseball game or exploring tide pools is my idea of a day well spent.”

Courtney Cronin, Camp Co-Leader

Coming to us with over 15 years experience in experiential education, Courtney is excited to share her passion for the outdoors and infectious awe of nature with HHLT campers this summer. She is based out of Phippsburg with her partner, sweet pup, and two children. On any given summer day you can find her pulling their lobster traps, camping on one of Maine’s majestic coastal islands, or enjoying a beachside paella.