Team Members

Members of the Haycock Township Community Wildlife Team

Julie M. Fagan, Ph.D.  Team Leader.  Her love of frogs and wildlife lured her to Haycock Township in 1995 where she designed and built her house situated on Lake Nockamixon.  In 2004, she registered her property as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.  She received her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Arizona and is currently a Professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Animal Sciences.  She engages college upperclassman in community service projects in her courses “Ethics in Science and Society” and “Issues in Animals and Agriculture”.

(610) 847-2411

Jennifer McCracken  Jennifer is a lifelong organic horticulturist who owns and operates “The Turnip Truck”;  Bucks County’s Original Organic Kitchen Garden Company She and her husband are dedicated professional organic farmers and activists whose company specializes in teaching people how to grow their own organic food. Educated at Delaware Valley College, Jenn and her husband Alex do on site garden consulting as well as lectures and workshops on a myriad of organic gardening-related topics: heirloom vegetables, seed saving, soil stewardship, composting and mushroom growing, to name a few.  (215) 429-7817
Gina Frederick is certified as an ecological landscape designer and is a PA certified art teacher.  She just did a native meadow installation at a local property.   She lives with her husband and young son in Haycock Township. Gina and her husband, Henk Vanderlely, Jr, designed and built their passive solar earth bermed home on a sloped wooded lot amid diabase boulders. Gina enjoys designing native gardens and habitats and spends much of her free time with family exploring the plants and critters along the Tohickon Creek and throughout the region. She is constantly reintroducing native plants on her own property and last year went on a hard-core Japanese Stilt Grass extermination rampage.  267-377-5947

Drs. Warren and Roberta Heydenberk Warren and his wife Roberta have started organic urban garden projects and plan to certify their property as a NWF backyard habitat. Warren has experience in beekeeping and can be a valuable resource to residents wishing to learn about beekeeping. Warren and Roberta have been the recipients of an international school garden grant and continue to work towards economic sustainability by creating gardens for school sites in rural Africa and beyond.

More…Roberta and Warren have just completed a textbook on conflict resolution and bullying prevention programs. Warren has taught in elementary, secondary, alternative education and higher education, has served on several education nonprofit boards, and is currently faculty emeritus at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. where he teaches conflict resolution and language arts classes within the College of Education. Roberta has served a research director for a nonprofit organization, founded a nonprofit organization to benefit Sudan’s schools, has served on several education boards and currently teaches conflict resolution as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.  wrh2@Lehigh.EDU

Beth Clark is the Environmental education specialist at the Nockamixon State Park, many areas of which are in Haycock Township. Beth Clark
has a BS from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Arcadia University.
She worked at Elmwood Park Zoo as an Education Specialist for 3 1/2 years and then at the Academy of Natural Sciences as a Teacher/Naturalist for one year prior to coming to Nockamixon State Park as the Environmental Education Specialist where she has worked for the last 6 years. 215-529-7307

David Hughes received his degree in wildlife Biology from West Virginia University.  Upon graduation, he worked for the Wildlife Habitat Council to develop wildlife habitat enhancement plans in order to allow corporations to certify themselves as wildlife habitats.  He also served as a summer Park Ranger for Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland.  David worked for the Great Valley Nature Center for 8 years as an Adventure Coordinator and Environmental Educator.  He designed educational environmental programs and developed adventure trips for youths and adults in Chester County.  Since relocating to Haycock Township, he has worked in Wildlife Control throughout Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.  Co-owner of pvcwildlife (215) 529-9392

Carol Schroding  founded Northeast Natives & Perennials in 2006, pursuing a dream of starting her own native plant nursery and retail location on their property in Haycock Twp.  She left a 26 year banking career, and with the love and support of her husband Dennis, son Larry and daughter-in-law Heather, the dream was realized and Northeast Natives opened to the public in Spring 2007.  Carol & Dennis are 32 yr. residents of Haycock Township.

A lifelong gardener, discovering a passion for native plants about 15 yrs. ago, Carol received her certification as a Bucks County Master Gardener in 2006. Carol enjoys educating her customers about the benefits of and how important it is to incorporate native plants in to their landscapes, and how to properly site specific plants for best results.  She also enjoys locating difficult to find native plants for her customers. Owner of Northeast Natives & Perennials

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