When not co-directing the summer camp, Ariel spends the fall providing administrative support to Manzanita School. She also teaches high school math and mentors a Stewardship Group. Ariel first fell in love with Big Rock property as a camper when she was five years old. She loved it so much, she returned this past summer for her 13th year working for Cali Camp, the summer program that runs for 9 weeks on the Big Rock property. She has held many positions, including Counselor, Team Leader, Transportation and Operations Director. She graduated from University of California, Irvine with degrees in Education and Political Science. Ariel believes in the positive impact that nature connection has on children's lives, and enjoys, above all else, joining in and playing with the kids.