• Jerry Kozlansky

    Director-Naturalist

    267-880-5025

    We welcome Jerry Kozlansky, our NEW Director-Naturalist, as of May 24, 2016!

     

     

  • PattiAnn Cutter

    Assistant Director-Naturalist

    267-880-5022

    Started with Silver Lake Nature Center in May, 2006.

    Contact me for Birthday Parties AND Scout, Preschool, School, Homeschool, Senior Citizen, Other Organized Group Programs, as well as Bridal/Baby Showers, Other Special Events, Meetings, Concerts, Public Events, and Facilities Rentals.

    The Nature Center has a great Auditorium (holds up to 100 people) inside our Visitors’ Building that can be rented out for meetings and other events. Our outdoor Amphitheater is also a beautiful place for a wedding or other special event/ceremony/gathering!

    We also rent out the Pavilion ($60 fee) near our Visitors’ Building (holds up to 60 people). And, the Earthship ($30/hour or $100 for up to four hours) is available for meetings/events (holds up to 30 people). Please contact Danielle Morrisey at or 267-880-5023 for reservations of the Earthship and/or Pavilion (near Visitors’ Building).

    I’m also the PR-Marketing Director, so please contact me if you have any questions about the website and/or the PR-Marketing of SLNC.

    Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are having a great day!

  • Danielle Morrisey

    Bookkeeper Office Manager

    267-880-5023

    Contact Danielle for info on renting the Pavilion (near Visitors’ Building) and/or the Earthship.

    The Pavilion (near the Visitors’ Building) holds up to 60 people, and the reservation fee is $60.

    The Earthship holds up to 30 people, and the reservation fee is $30/hour OR $100 for up to four hours.  

  • Arden Williams

    Admin Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

    267-880-5020

    The sun even shines in the forest. There are dark places along the trails of life, but if you keep walking, you will find a spot where the light of the sun just bursts through.

    I have a B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. I love learning new things, and believe that the best way to learn them is “hands on.” So, you may see me doing a variety of tasks around the Center because as an Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, I need to be able to convey to others what needs to be done or how to do it. I like to work efficiently, and sometimes that means taking time to learn the process of how things work before I can act prudently.

    I started at Silver Lake Nature Center as a volunteer in April of 2014 and became a member of the staff in 2015. Come out and join us for Volunteer Work Days. It usually consists of meeting new people, cleaning up the Nature Center grounds, Len’s hot soup and sandwiches, and good old fashion fun. Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information about how you can get involved.

  • Jennifer Lee Bilger

    Summer Camp Director & Environmental Educator

    267.880.5024

    It has been a wonderful 10 years here at Silver Lake Nature Center! I am moving on to be the Conservation Programs Manager with Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in Ambler, PA.

    I have worked alongside many excellent people, and I have had so many opportunities to grow and develop in my career, and as a person. My years here have been some of the best of my life. I will miss this preserve that I have become so connected to, and all of the incredible people I have had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. All of the staff, volunteers, and campers have come to feel like family to me, and you’ve all been such great influences during my time here. I cannot thank you enough for all of the kindness and memories you have shared with me.

    I still plan to attend trips and programs once I get settled, so I won’t be a stranger! Thank you all for sharing a part of this journey with me.

    I wrote a piece for use in securing funding for places like Silver Lake Nature Center to continue our important work, I thought it fitting to share with you all now—keep up this vitally important work!!

    “Being immersed in nature can be a life altering experience; here at Silver Lake Nature Center, I have seen this unfold time and time again!

    I see a child who thinks they can’t have fun without playing video games arrive for his first week of summer camp, nervous and shy. Slowly as we explore the forest I see him becoming more observant and curious. As we learn how to build shelters in the woods and play a game of camouflage, I see him choose hiding spots further out into the Sweetgums of the Coastal Plain. By the end of the week, he is leading a group of kids in a made up world of bartering with mica for sticks and rocks to use for shelter building in the natural kids play area, and he is smiling the smile of someone transformed.

    I see young girls learn they can do all the same things that boys can, they can jump in the mud of our marsh, catch bass in the lake, and they can win capture the flag deep in our historic Delhaas Woods; the woods that are full of large Willow Oaks that shade us on hot summer days. I see these young girls grow up summer after summer to become counselors who then help show the next generation the lost art of how to have fun simply playing outside.

    I see exhausted parents bring their children out to our frog slog in the bog programs and learn to slow down and enjoy the moment their child first catches the rare and protected Leopard frog, and that parent tears up with nostalgia for their own youth spent playing outside sunrise to dinner time.

    I see retired adults rediscover the next phase of their life can have purpose and meaning while volunteering here, and they find a strong sense of community within our oasis. They take on their projects here with such pride and ownership knowing that their tireless efforts will preserve and protect this vital natural resource for future generations to visit and discover.

    I see a woman start volunteering here when she is 92, greeting our visitors with kindness and helping them find a place here. I see another woman donate all of her time outside of her full time job, doing trail maintenance and becoming our leader. I see the gentleman whose family owned this place when it was a farm come back and wrap us in his warm stories of what this place was like 70 years ago. I see another dedicate 40 years of his life to a career spent nurturing the wonders of our preserve and its people, and his legacy lives on. I see a man spend a dozen of his last years on this earth removing non-native species so his beloved Pine Grove can become the magical place he longs for, a place to sit under the evergreen canopy and rest.

    Places like Silver Lake preserve are incredibly important, not just for the environmental ethics of protecting such habitats for the animals, but because we are part of nature and we have become increasingly estranged in today’s modern society. People of all ages need to have a place to come back home to, a place to find peace and see the beauty and magic that is our natural world.”

    I see myself start out naïve and unsure, welcomed into the Silver Lake family with open arms and taken under your wings. I see the lessons I’ve learned, the skills (career, and life skills) I’ve developed here, and the close bonds I’ve been lucky enough to form. I feel the transformative power of this preserve and the amazing people who love it—thank you!

    Jenn