Craig was born and raised near Lake Michigan. From a young age he could always be found outside — attending nature camps or in the woods exploring and turning over rocks and logs to see what was living underneath. Every year, his family would visit Sanibel to spend time on the beach and fish, kayak, and hike at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. This is when his love for Sanibel began.
Craig attended Grand Valley State University, where he also was a member of the varsity track team, and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and communications.After college, Craig’s love of nature and interest in conservation led him to Sanibel to work as a naturalist at Tarpon Bay Explorers. There, he led kayak, boat, and tram tours educating tourists and residents about Ding Darling and its mission. He also maintained the touch tank and aquariums and earned his U.S. Coast Guard Master Captains license.
Working as a naturalist has given him the opportunity to educate others about Sanibel’s wildlife, marine life, and ecosystems; and why they’re so important to protect. Craig is thrilled to join Sanibel Sea School and SCCF and contribute to their conservation efforts into the future.