Parker McMullen-Bushman - Special Programs Coordinator
Parker was born in Bronx, New York but her love of nature developed after a family move from the metropolitan New York area to rural southern Georgia. In Georgia she joined the 4-H Club, where she participated in everything from poultry judging to backwoods camping. She spent many years at the Rock Eagle 4-H Summer Camp as a camper, a counselor, and a Special Interest Program Director.
Parker has had many experiences participating and working in all aspects of camp life and youth programming. She has been a counselor, instructor, challenge course director and environmental educator. She spent five summers working at Med-o-lark International Theater Summer Arts Camp in Maine where she was their Adventure Course Director and then their Director of Programming. Parker has also worked at several other camps, non-profit youth agencies, and outdoor education centers over the years including the Boys and Girls Club, Thousand Pines Outdoor School, YMCA Storer Camps, and the Gads Hill Center.
Parker holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She believes in the importance of environmental education because she feels that teaching people about their integral connection to the world around them is the key to the earth's continued survival. Parker's hobbies include shelling, camping, painting, music, photography, and travel.