Rick Cowan
Interim Executive Director

Although he began his non-profit work as communications director for the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Animals, most of Rick’s career has been devoted to independent schools. He held teaching and administrative roles at Choate Rosemary Hall, Pingree and St. Paul's Schools and served as executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools in Boston and Washington, DC for 9 years. Locally, he was head of The Grammar School, Director of Admission at The Putney School and the Compass School before retiring in 2015. Rick lives in Cambridgeport and has two daughters. He also served as board chair for The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, a local land trust, and as a trustee of the Grammar School.


Jay DeGregorio
Senior Educator
Jay is a passionate environmental educator who loves teaching all people, but most enjoys teaching young students in the outdoors. Jay believes all people can discover wonder and joy in learning, and that environmental education is one of the best platforms to foster these experiences. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but now lives in Brattleboro, VT. Jay enjoys teaching about forestry, wildlife, geography, and ecology. Jay received his B.S. in geography with minors in natural science and geographic information science from Penn State University. He received his M.S in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental education from Antioch University New England. Jay is a weather buff, enjoys amateur photography, loves to snowboard whenever possible, finds joy in any time outdoors, and is big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Jill Bruning
Education Coordinator
Jill is a nature aficionado and life-long outdoor adventuress. She grew up in the woods of southern Michigan where she spent much of her time foraging for morel mushrooms, building forts, and cross country skiing. Jill earned her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University. It was there in the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula that she deepened her love of outdoor adventure while backpacking and kayaking the untamed shores of Lake Superior. Jill served on The Nature Museum Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. She now enjoys serving the organization as the Education Coordinator and loves to see people of all ages making stronger connections to the natural world.