We are particularly fortunate to have someone of Tom’s character and experience as part of our teaching staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge, a wonderful sense of humor and the gift of being able to teach. His professionalism and enthusiasm are second to none.
Tom Card is a life long resident of Sussex County, New Jersey. Now retired, Tom spent 33 years with the New Jersey Park Service as a ranger and a supervising lieutenant. He was a student at Seton Hall University and a graduate of the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Tom has had extensive training with the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) and served on the High Angle Rescue Team, which performs rescues on high cliff surfaces. He was previously active in the community as a member of the Wantage School Board and a leader with the Boy Scouts. Tom enjoys hiking, camping and all outdoor activities.
Jennifer has worked in the field of environmental education since 2003. She obtained her undergrad in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College of NJ in 2002 and received a Master’s degree in Parks and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University in 2009. Jennifer’s roles at the NJSOC began in 2006 as Program Coordinator and evolved into Environmental Educator in 2010. She has recently been accepted into the Ph.D. in Environmental Management program through Montclair State University and will conduct her research at the NJ SOC. When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, running and paddle-boarding.
Tanya trained as a field ecologist and has continued to work with a variety of species throughout her career. She also taught middle and high school science and used her hands-on knowledge of ecology to bring science lessons to life. Her experiences in the forest and the classroom demonstrated to her what a powerful teacher nature can be.
Tanya was recently selected as a Grosvenor Teaching Fellow by National Geographic and awarded the “Women in Wildlife” Award for Education by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.
She earned her B.S in Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University and M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Montclair State University. Her thesis research focused on how land use impacts macroinvertebrate communities and she had the privilege of using the Flat Brook at the School of Conservation as her benchmark research site.
Tanya lives what she teaches. During her off hours, she is an avid native plant and organic vegetable gardener and loves to hike, paddle, and explore the planet’s wildest places with friends and her husband Bruce.