Brittany Burgess

Camp Director

Brittany is ready for her eighth year at Camp Explorations. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.  She has experience in developing, planning and teaching summer camps at other museums. In addition to Camp Explorations, she coordinates the student docent program and manages K-12 school programming at the Museum. She is excited for another fun-filled summer!

McKenzie Ogden

Morning Assistant Director

This is McKenzie’s third year at Camp Explorations and second year as an Assistant Director. This year she has also had the opportunity to help curate the curriculum for camp. McKenzie holds a BA in Education from U of M and is currently substitute teaching in the Metro Detroit area. Though high school is her specialty, McKenzie has had experience working with children of all ages. She is excited to return to camp at the new museum and is looking forward to planetarium shows with the campers!

Aaron Rico

Afternoon Assistant Director

Aaron attended Albion College where he majored in Biology and German. He graduated in 2018 and shortly after graduating he moved to Ann Arbor, where he began working at the Museum of Natural History as a docent. Though this is his first year being an assistant camp director, he is eager and ready for camp to start. He will primarily be working behind the scenes to make sure that camp runs smoothly and is enjoyable for everyone: the campers, counselors, and the parents.

Elise Borbely

Morning Counselor
Red Group

Elise is a senior at the University of Michigan studying history and museum studies. She is a member of CHAARG, an all women’s fitness club on campus that encourages members to try new workouts and lead a healthy, active lifestyle. She spent two springs coaching Girls on the Run at Dundee Elementary School and coached high school color guard for one season. Her favorite pastimes are working out, reading, and visiting new places, especially museums and historic sites. Elise also enjoys volunteering, visiting antique shops, and camping with her family. A fun fact about Elise is that she helped break the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.

Hannah Bradshaw

Morning Counselor
Orange Group

Hannah Bradshaw is a U of M junior studying economics, sustainability, and gender and health. You might also run into her at the Washtenaw County Conservation District or officiating a Rec and Ed soccer game. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, knitting, or just catching up on some sleep. She has loved coming to the museum her whole life and is excited to be a camp counselor!

Aria Davis

Morning Counselor
Yellow Group

Aria is a rising senior at the University of Michigan. She’s majoring in film and drama, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love dinosaurs! Whether it’s putting on a dinosaur suit for for opening day, or taking guests on a tour of her favorite exhibits, Aria loves working at the museum and is excited to be a part of camp!

Bo Shepherd

Morning Counselor
Green Group

Bo is a sophomore studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He loves science and enjoys getting to share his passion with others.  In his spare time, Bo is a member of the club running team at Michigan.

Lindy Verhage

Morning Counselor
Blue Group

Lindy will be a sophomore at UMich in the fall, intending to study International Studies focused on Global Environment and Health. Originally from San Diego, California, she does miss the beach and the sun, but she enjoys watching the seasons change for the first time, and seeing snow for the first time this past winter. In Ann Arbor she enjoys hanging in the Law Quad with friends, or hammocking in the Diag with a good book. She also loves exploring nature, petting any dog that will let her, and drinking coffee during any hour of the day.

Ashlie Hawe

Afternoon Counselor
Red Group

Ashlie is a soon to be fourth year Chemical Engineering Student here at the University of Michigan. She’s originally from Shelby Township Michigan and she has a cat named Zelda.

Kaity Hinson

Afternoon Counselor
Orange Group

Kaity is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Museum Studies. She is president of the Anthropology Club and spends her free time in museums on campus. She spent all of last summer in Thailand teaching English to children from the ages of 2 to 8 and is now excited to work in the Museum of Natural History this summer.

Elizabeth Hungerman

Afternoon Counselor
Yellow Group

Elizabeth is majoring in art and design at the University of Michigan, with a minor in museum studies. She has been working summer camps since high school, as an assistant at Wonderworks Art Studio and a camp counselor at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Elizabeth enjoys finding new and creative ways to make learning exciting and hopes to one day work in a museum.

Dylan Koss

Afternoon Counselor
Green Group

Dylan is studying anthropology and museum studies at the University. Outside of camp he enjoys spending time with his cat Lux and watching Star Wars.

Kameron Lacek

Afternoon Counselor
Blue Group

Kameron recently relocated to Ann Arbor from Canton, MI and is attending Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti after graduating from Plymouth High School in Plymouth, MI. He majors in both Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Political Science. He enjoys hammocking by the Huron River, kayaking, hiking, and walking his new puppy, Rex! He is looking forward to working with the campers and wants to make their summers great! He is excited for the adventures that await this summer!

Therese Westman

Little Explorers Lead Counselor
Purple Group

Therese is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Anthropology and a Minor in Museum Studies. When she isn’t teaching the Little Explorers, you can find her working with the Natural History Museum’s collections or in the lab sorting lithics. This will be her third year as a Counselor, and she is looking forward to teaching your Little Explorers in the new museum!

Brenna Healy

Little Explorers Counselor
Pink Group

Brenna is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying political science. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to teaching your little campers all about science and encouraging them to be curious and love learning. She has a lot of experience working with young kids and is excited to give your child the best camp experience possible!

Craig Freeland

Craig is a recent graduate of Denison University’s Environmental Studies and Educational Studies programs and a second-year Doris Duke Conservation Scholar. Craig joins us all the way from Maryland with the goal of getting experience working in museum programs and education. Craig previously worked at a summer camp called Earth Adventures and hopes to apply that experience to this summer’s camp. Craig will be assisting with several camp weeks this summer.