Lyt Wood, Camp Director
Lyt Wood has been a professional arborist, forester and educator in natural history subjects since 1974. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Forestry and Wildlife Management. From 1974 to 1981, he worked as County Forester with the Virginia Division of Forestry promoting forest management practices on private land in Madison and Rappahannock Counties.
Since 1981 he has worked on various projects related to agriculture, tree care and natural history education: editor of the newsletter of the Virginia Association of Biological Farmers; manager of a 30-acre apple and peach orchard and 60 honeybee hives; educational and other support for the Nature Camp at Vesuvius, Virginia; and assistance with mapping and other projects for The Nature Conservancy. In the 1980’s he worked with the Piedmont Environmental Council’s Education Committee to establish a regional educational program, of which PEC’s Natural History Day Camps were a part.
In 1986 he helped to establish Rapp Nature Camp which, under his direction, is still open to children each summer at his property on the Hazel River south of Sperryville. He is semi-retired as sole proprietor of Tree Works, specializing in all kinds of tree care. His personal interests include gardening and small-scale farming, wildlife watching, Goethean science, Waldorf education, songwriting and traditional music.
Kat Habib, Assistant Director
Kat Habib is a Rapp Nature Camp neighbor who, before becoming Assistant Director in 2015, would annually look across the river during the camp session while on her walk, wondering what the campers were up to. She is delighted to be on this side of Singing Creek.
Kat has made her home in Rappahannock since 2012, a life-long dream that began during her childhood over the mountain in Warren County. Growing up on a farm with an environmental scientist mother (a colleague of Lyt’s), soil quality and gardening, seine nets and river critters, art and song, were all part of every day conversation; she enjoys both remembering and sharing this with campers. Kat received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, where she managed the ceramics studio for several years and taught in the Pre-College summer program. From 2014-19, she worked as a college and career guide with Headwaters Foundation. She continues her relationship with Rappahannock school community by substitute teaching and serving on the Headwaters Board. Now a ceramic artist and florist, Kat is both an artist and an educator, each feeding the other within her. Much of her artistic inspiration comes from nature and observation. She especially likes birds, trees, walks in the woods and hearing from children what they see that adults may not.
Nina Anderson, Assistant Director
Nina Anderson has been an elementary teacher for nearly 20 years and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through George Mason. She lives with her husband and Jenkins, “the best dog ever” in Old Town Warrenton. Nina has two adult daughters who are also “Earth Enthusiasts”.
Nina has been a life-long nature lover and has embraced the opportunity to participate in Rapp Nature Camp this past summer. As a youth, she attended Nature Camp in Vesuvius, VA. She is an avid hiker, runner, and reader. Rapp Nature Camp is another opportunity to be actively engaged with youth and the great outdoors.
Molly Swartwout, Counselor
Molly Swartwout attended and loved multiple nature camps as a young person in Ithaca, NY, sparking a lifelong love for playing outside and joyful memories of leading activities in nature. Her most recent employment, education and passion is in native plants and herbal medicine.
Kayla Compton, Camp Nurse
Kayla Compton is a recent honors graduate from Rappahannock County High School. She has worked with children throughout the entirety of her high school career through peer mentoring programs as well as volunteer work as a mentor for Junior Panther sports teams. She completed a sports medicine program through the high school as well as succeeded in anatomy and physiology classes. Recently, Kayla received certification as a medical assistant and phlebotomist through the National Health Association and will sit for testing as a certified nurse aid once in person testing resumes taking place. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED for children, infants, and adults.