Owner & Director
Ed Bieber is the Owner/Director of The Nature Place Day Camp. He has a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in Botany, M.S. from Michigan State University in Outdoor Education and New York State Permanent Teaching Certification, N-6. Ed has worked professionally, since 1970, with over 250,000 children (and still counting!), adults and families in the outdoors. He was director of Lakeside Nature Center (1/2 mile from our Nature Place campus) until 1976 and then, and still, an independent naturalist/outdoor educator at many schools in the metropolitan area. In 1976 he created The Nature Place Day Camp, Rockland County’s first non-competitive, nature-oriented private day camp. In 1982 he received the N.Y. State Outdoor Education Association’s Golden Award for contributions to the field of environmental/outdoor education.
In September of 2009 Ed received the great honor of having September 16 proclaimed “Ed Bieber Day in Rockland County” by the Rockland County Legislature. This award was for his 40 years of making a difference in children’s lives through outdoor/environmental education. He has just finished writing an outdoor guide for parents called ‘What Color is the Wind’.
Whether he is organizing conferences, designing new outdoor programs, writing, leading hikes, tapping maple trees or sharing the quiet wonder of a resting dragonfly with campers, Ed, through his work, combines his knowledge of children with his natural creativity and enthusiasm for teaching.