Rebecca Lesko, Director, Naturalist
Ms. Lesko is founder of the nature center and lead naturalist and educator. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. She teaches programs regionally, nationally, and internationally for the National Wildlife Federation, the Pocono Environmental Education Center, the Tenafly Nature Center, and the Peace Valley Nature Center. In 2006, she received a Jefferson Award for community service in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Rebecca enjoys bird watching with her husband, studying plants, and soaking in the sunshine near the water. She’s dedicated her life to sharing her appreciation of nature and science with everyone.
Elaine Tweedy, Office Manager
Elaine’s 23-year experience as Director of a non-profit Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton, lends itself well to the Nature Center environment. The SBDC served eight counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Elaine opted for early retirement in 2011. Having studied Photography in the past, Elaine continued her photography classes, attended hands-on workshops, and is now pursuing Certified Professional Photography status. She opened her photography business in 2012, and specializes in Pet Photography, Senior/Tween Portraits, and Event Photography. Her love of nature and animals attracted her to the Nature Center. Elaine lives in Factoryville on a small horse farm, has six horses, eight rescued dogs, four cats and chickens.
Brooke received her B.A. in Conservation Ecology from Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. She has worked in a variety of fields starting as a Manger of an artisan bakery in Vermont, then after graduating college she was a Park Ranger at Elmore State Park, and when arriving in PA she was the Operations Manager at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Brooke started at the nature center in May 2016 as the Senior Environmental Education Specialist at Nature Day Camp. She has transitioned into the position of Program Manager bringing a variety of adult and children programs throughout the year to the nature center. Brooke has a love of mushrooms which she has studied since college and continues to learn how to forage them in the wild and cultivate them at home.
Montana Cole, Nature Day Camp Educator
At the age of four Montana started attending nature camp, by twelve she was assisting Rebecca Lesko, and at 17 years old she volunteered to lead the youngest group at Nature Day Camp. That year she lead camp and was assisted by a Keystone College student and Rebecca Lesko. According to Sarah Birchard, one of Montana’s baby sitting clients, “Montana is a “10” on a scale of 1 to 10.”
Montana is a martial artist and trains in Tang Soo Do at Robinson’s in Tunkhannock. She currently has her black belt and instructor’s certificate. After college she plans to work as a counselor with critically ill children at a hospital like St. Judes.