Woodcock Nature Center names new executive director

Lenore Eggleston Herbst of Wilton has been named executive director of Woodcock Nature Center. She succeeds Mike Rubbo, who has accepted a teaching position in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University. Rubbo will continue with the nature center as science adviser on the newly formed Advisory Committee at Woodcock. Thus far  the committee also includes Dr. Raina Schunk from South Wilton Veterinary Group.

Eggleston Herbst comes to Woodcock with more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience. She plans to focus on strategic planning and programming as well as fundraising, marketing and community outreach. For the past 12 years she has been director of marketing and development for the Westchester Philharmonic in Westchester County.

“Woodcock Nature Center is poised for growth and Lenore’s skills in marketing, fundraising and organization development are an essential element of the plan to re-invigorate existing programming, build exciting new programs and deepen our relationship to the community,” board president Jana Hogan said in a press release. “We are thrilled to welcome Lenore as our new director and look forward to her leadership as we continue to grow.”

At Woodcock Eggleston Herbst will be responsible for overseeing strategic planning and programming, community outreach, marketing, grant writing and fundraising as well as oversight of the nature center facilities, activities and staff.

“I believe deeply in the benefits of nature education and am grateful for the opportunity to lead this gem of an organization,” said Eggleston Herbst, who has served on the board of directors at Woodcock since 2016.

“Woodcock Nature Center has been an essential resource to our community for decades, and I look forward to increasing the visibility of the organization, growing programs, building partnerships with other local organizations and getting to know our constituents.”

Her past experience also includes fundraising for Ballet Tech (New York City’s only tuition-free public school for dance), as well as marketing and fundraising for the Kaufman Center in New York, which operates a community arts school, a K-12 public school for gifted music students, and the Merkin Concert Hall. She holds a B.A. in dance and psychology from Connecticut College and an M.A. in performing arts administration from NYU.

She lives in Wilton with her husband and two young boys, two rescue cats, and a coonhound rescue puppy named Darwin.