Sarah is an environmental educator and operations coordinator at the nature center. Sarah attended Central Michigan University where she earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in biology and natural resources. She stayed at CMU to earn her master's degree in conservation biology where she studied wolf depredation ecology on sheep and cattle farms in the Upper Peninsula. She has extensive experience in the field and in the classroom. Sarah enjoys working with St. Clair County's area students and residents.
Monique attended the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology. She volunteered with the nature center when it opened in 2003. She volunteered and worked as a part-time naturalist at the nature center until becoming a full-time environmental educator in 2021. Monique enjoys sharing her passion for nature with students, volunteers, and visitors of all ages. You’ll find her outdoors, hiking, birding, and photographing Michigan’s flora and fauna when not at work.
Meet the 2023-2024 TEC Students
Meet Sage McCombs
Sage is a junior at Port Huron Northern High School. She is a huge animal lover and that’s the biggest reason why she decided to be a TEC student at the Pine River Nature Center. She grew up in Port Huron, always camping and hiking with her family. Her love for nature and all things related came from when she took a biology class in 9th grade and decided she wanted to spend as much time as she could loving, and trying to preserve our planet.
Meet Riley Ganger
Riley is a Port Huron Northern High School junior and a work-based learning student at RESA’s Technical Education Center. Riley plays for the Northern Varsity Soccer Team as a goalie, is the captain of the Red Dogs swim team and is a goalie for the Port Huron United Lacrosse Team.
As a child, Riley was involved in the Nature Center’s Summer Nature Club and even completed his Eagle Scout Project at the Nature Center. His involvement in these activities has fostered his love for nature and the outdoors. He’s glad to be giving back to an organization where he has so many fond memories. After high school, he plans to earn a degree in Environmental and Outdoor Education from Slippery Rock University or MSU. Riley plans to work at a national park as a park ranger or be part of the national park police force as a U.S. Law Enforcement Ranger.