Jeff co-founded Sciensational Sssnakes!! in 1994 after graduating from the University of Guelph, and has been actively involved with reptile conservation ever since. Jeff has delivered over a thousand public presentations across Canada and maintained the most complete live collection of Canadian reptiles and amphibians to support conservation activities. He has conducted field work and supported research on many species, with particular interests in central Ontario's turtles and snakes on Pelee Island. As part of these efforts, he has worked to identify populations and trends, engage communities, and protect crucial habitat. Jeff is also the driving force behind the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital. Connecting people with nature has always been a central theme throughout Jeff's life, whether catching tadpoles with kids for reptile camp, or leading group trips to central America.
Field Projects Manager
Kelsey is the Field Projects Manager for Scales Nature Park, overseeing all aspects of field work for their projects across Ontario. She works with turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders to reduce or mitigate threats, monitor populations and trends, protect habitat, and engage the community in species at risk conservation through boots-on-the-ground field work and journal article publications.
Many staff join us throughout the year, most of whom are currently working towards or recently graduated from a university or college program. They work in a number of positions, including animal care, education, field technician, and social media, and are essential to Scales Nature Park’s continued success. If you are interested in joining our team, take a closer look at our jobs here.
Scales Nature Park values the many contributions of our volunteers to animal care, conservation work, education, maintenance, and more! Each year we welcome community members, students, international travelers and other individuals to the Scales Nature Park team. If you are interested in volunteering with us, take a closer look here.