Hello! My name is Michelle Rebilas and I am the new Environmental Educator at The Wetlands Institute. I am originally from Burlington County, New Jersey and am an alumni of Stockton University with a B.S. in Marine Science. I grew up visiting the beaches in Cape May with my grandparents, rescuing horseshoe crabs on the beach and collecting Cape May Diamonds! From a young age, I had a passion and fascination for the natural world and a desire to protect it.
I discovered my love for environmental education while working as a Guest Educator at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. This inspired me to pursue my Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. After completing my degree, I spent five years working for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida as an Environmental Educator and Summer Camp Manager.
I returned to New Jersey in 2017 to raise my family in the Garden State! I am thrilled to join The Wetlands Institute team and contribute to the important work they do to educate the public about coastal ecosystems and conservation issues. As the Environmental Educator, I will be responsible for the Summer Nature Program, Homeschool Programs, and Scout Programs. Through my work, I hope to inspire future conservationists and help people of all ages make meaningful connections with nature.