Kimberly Nistal - Park Ranger
Kimberly is a Naturalist at Nassau BOCES Outdoor and Environmental Education Center. She instructs Environmental and Adventure Education programs primarily to students from pre-k through high school. She was born and raised on Long Island and as a child, developed a love for nature and travel. Kimberly was fortunate to have a family that took trips each year to new and exciting places, which led her desire to explore new environments more frequently on her own. While attending school at SUNY New Paltz, Kimberly took a semester to study in Australia, a summer in Spain and a winter in Costa Rica. During her Costa Rica field course which was taught in the rainforest, Kimberly discovered her real passion; Outdoor/Environmental Education. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelors in Environmental Science, she worked as an Environmental Scientist for a number of years but then decided to pursue Outdoor/Environmental Education. At this point, she headed out to California to work as a Naturalist, teaching students the skills to be at ease in the outdoors, and have a better understanding of the Western ecosystems: mountains, deserts, and seashores. She led one night to week-long camping trips, lodge based programs and one-day field trips in many of California’s state/national parks and beaches. Her most memorable and exciting experience was a week-long program leading 6th-grade students down the Colorado River in canoes and camping at outpost sites along the way. Kimberly now enjoys teaching Outdoor/Environmental Education at Nassau Boces in Long Island and sharing her knowledge and love for outdoors with her 4-year-old son.