Our Team and Board Members

Now that camp happens in partnership with Angelic Organics Learning Center, we are working together to ensure we have the greatest staff in the history of camping. As usual, we are dedicated to a trained team of experts in the areas of safety, fun and growth.
Below the Board of Directors lists past camp crews and this is the Angelic Organics Learning Center core team.

Our Board

Nature’s Farm Camp Board of Directors are the fiduciaries who steer us towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.
Gordie Kaplan
Gordie Kaplan comes to the Nature’s Farm Camp board with more than 48 years experience in camp administration, mentoring and training. Most recently, Gordie was the Executive Director of American Camping Association, IL. With extensive experience on program development and camp accreditation, Gordie will help us expand and improve camp programming. He has a Master’s degree in Camping and Outdoor Education as well as graduate work in Business Administration.
Alice Kao
Alice Kao is an architect, avid gardener and enthusiastic knitter. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BArch degree. Alice spent most of her career in New York (with a stint in Shanghai!), but has found home in Chicago. Ms. Kao’s cooking is inspired by the hard-working, dedicated farmers of the heartland and she loves the farmer’s markets.
Jolie Krasinski
Krasinski is an environmental grant-maker who lives in Evanston, Illinois. She currently serves as the Natural Areas Program Director at Illinois Clean Energy Community where she oversees the administration of six different grant programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in public affairs and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She enjoys traveling to natural areas throughout Illinois with her family for both work and pleasure.
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark
Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark is a physician board certified in both family medicine and Integrative Medicine. She created a practice through NorthShore Medical Group in the Chicagoland area that focuses on the therapeutic and preventative use of food as medicine. Her integrative practice also utilizes herbs, botanicals, mind body therapies alongside allopathic medicine. Dr. Maker-Clark is a clinical assistant professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine of University of Chicago, teaching nutrition through a course called Culinary Medicine, and coordinating all integrative medical education.
Tim Magner
Tim believes in the magic of camp to create growth opportunities by connecting kids with the natural world in a novel and challenging environment. While visiting schools as a children’s book author and running Truck Farm Chicago  he explored food from every angle and learned about what’s possible, i.e. making great food de facto can solve lots of problems.
Tim taught skiing to kids in Colorado, golf in North Carolina and was a camp counselor in Georgia. He’s tutored & served on school boards and will never forget ‘his’ camp, Camp Highlands. Tim is the Executive Manager of the Board. Tim is also a Grant Officer for the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation, which awards college scholarships to the next generation of difference makers.

Thank You to Teams 2015 – 2019

Without a doubt, a natural resource as valuable as the delicious veggies we harvest is our Team.
Current Team: Maddy, Sophia, Mazey, Beatrice and Sophie (former campers), Candie, Aaron, Mylz, Lincoln, Randy, Stacey, Ryan and Michelle, Holly.
Past Team (and Visitors) over the first few years: Dustin, Julia, Jake, Sarita, Champ, Valerie, Shanna, Dante, Jess, Seneca and Maddy! Vicki, Tatum, Kate, Carolyn, Lea, Sarah Jane, Deliah, Patrick, Chef Franklin, Tomas, Seneca..Winona, Kate, Eliza, Kathleen, Matt, Carolyn, Susan and Joe. Visitors included Timber Edge Farm, Brian Severson Farm and State Representative Bennett, Teddy Z, Warren (Mark Twain), Amanda, Charlie and Katie and Mark from Timber Feast Farm.
Our first camp garden wouldn’t have happened without the direction of Kirsten Akre, formerly of Growing PowerThe Kitchen Gardener & Chicago Park District and local farmer Andrew Barelli, with special help from college superstars Effie Bentz and Ashley Quinlan. Many of our seeds came from The Green City Market, our starts from The Kilbourn Park Organic GreenhouseWicker Park Garden Club and LaGrange Park’s Master Gardener Bob Zeni. Thank you also to our favorite seed grower: High Mowing Organic Seeds.
We appreciate the guidance of various current and former Camp Directors, notably Bob & Joan Erickson of Arts & Sciences in the Woods and Dustin Thacker of Tinkering School Chicago.
We’re also thankful to our initial supporters who’ve enabled us to offer financial aid & scholarships: Patrick D.N.R. Suciu, Craig Pratt, Patrick Shannon, Kate Sirkin, Adam Hinrich, Noemi Kopp-Tanaka, Marti Hoffer, the Hayes Family, the Mack Family, Alice Kao, Marko Vulovic, Brian Lynch, Lauren Beuerlein, Magen Elliot, Gier Bowen, Beth Masterson, Prathima Yeddanapudi, Vic & Amy Morman, John & Linda Fix, CJ Wolf, Marvelous Meccia, Jill Stockard, Joe Digilio, Lena Bravo-Olsher, Reed Watson, Chris Howard, Karl, Amanda Rutter Hanley, Amanda Sargent, Matha Clemons, Gerry Weitz, Erin Kelly, Nilam Trivedi, Marilyn “Kid” Going, Anna Langston, Susie Kirkwood, Sarah Walter, Jenelle Hammes Sullivan, Brekke Bounds, Nancy McClelland, Dianna Smith, Kate Gross, Kitty River, Marge Shannon, Sally Lian, Mike Judy, Jennifer, Julie Ann Alex DeSorbo-Quinn, Josh S, Christine Hutcheson, Brian”Fox” Ellis, Glenna Sullivan, Robert Fierro, Liz Miller, Rachel Land Browder, Jill May, Elizabeth Sommer, Genna Toledano, Boaz, Grobo, Amanda Nugent, Carly, Kevin Evans, Joel Parker Henderson, Elise Kleinman Jaffe, Chris Niewiarowski.

History of the Founding

Nature’s Farm Camp grew out Elena Marre and Tim Magner’s experience working together with The Kids’ Table and Truck Farm Chicago. It was, and is, about their desire to get kids out of the city and connected to awesomeness (and everything that sustains us). Elena and The Kids’ Table ran the cooking portion of the camp for the first two years and we will forever be thankful. Today, Elena is focused on The Kids’ Table (and their amazing summer camp in Chicago).