Eli Caref, Director of Education, is a Brooklyn native. She has a B.A. in History from DePaul University, and transitioned into the sciences with an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education that she received from NYU in 2013. She has over seven years of non-formal education experience in various fields, including Health Education with AmeriCorps, and a design certification in Permaculture. Eli is particularly interested in ecosystem biodiversity and local environmental health, and was originally drawn to The River Project because of its showcasing of native seahorses. She is familiar with New York State and Next Generation Science Standards for students of all ages, as well as contemporary educational theory and learning modalities. She spent nearly a year as an Education Intern at TRP before becoming an Educator in April, 2014.