Meet Our Camp Staff
Adventure Camps are planned and led by members of the Alaska Zoo's Education Department, along with dedicated zoo volunteers who give their time to assist with these programs.
Emily miller, camp coordinator
Emily Miller is the Alaska Zoo’s Camp Coordinator. She grew up on the East Coast of the lower 48, in Darnestown, Maryland. She received a B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, along with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2017. Emily moved to Alaska in 2018 to take the position of Camp Coordinator at the Alaska Zoo. Her goal in life is to empower young minds to become advocates for our earth by discovering wildlife’s wonders. Emily works to continue that goal at the Alaska Zoo through her fun-filled adventure camps and Scout programs! You can commonly catch Emily hanging around with another redhead, our adorable red fox, Ember.
Stephanie hartman, Education director
Stephanie Hartman is the Education Director for the Alaska Zoo, responsible for overseeing educational programs, training and handling ambassador animals, planning events, and working with zoo partners such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Polar Bears International. Having worked at the Alaska Zoo for over 12 years, Stephanie is passionate about all the animals at the zoo, as well as utilizing those animals to properly educate people about the wild species for which they represent. Stephanie is devoted to the continuous growth and development of the Education Department as well as programs to which we can offer both the Anchorage community and tourists alike. You can frequently spot Stephanie on daily trail walks with her “fur-babies,” the gray wolves of the Alaska Zoo, or working with the smart and inquisitive, peregrine falcon.
LaVerne Lee, Camp Assistant
LaVerne Lee is the Summer Seasonal Adventure Camp Assistant as well as a year-round volunteer. She is passionate about opening young minds to the world around them working as an ASL/English interpreter in the educational system and in her various roles at the Alaska Zoo. When Adventure Camp is not in session you can catch LaVerne cleaning habitats, assisting zookeepers, giving tours in ASL or chatting with zoo guests.