Plainsboro Preserve
Meet the Staff


Nancy Fiske joined the staff in September, 2013.  She brings to NJ Audubon a strong background in environmental conservation, education programming and community outreach.  Most of Ms. Fiske’s career has been focused upon instilling in people an awareness and appreciation for the natural world.

After a career which included work with the NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers, Staten Island Historical Society, Director of Education at the Staten Island Zoo, and Curator of Education with the NY Zoological Society’s Prospect Park Wildlife Center, Nancy moved to National Audubon Society, where she served as Field Membership Director and later Donor/Field Services Manager.   As Sanctuary Director at Plainsboro Preserve, Ms. Fiske is looking forward to getting back into education and the environment.

Nancy has served as a volunteer in a number of community organizations, including the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, and as a local Girl Scout leader.  She has been active in the Plainfield community, having served as a consultant to the Plainfield Library for the redesign of the Children’s Library, helping to create a Tropical Forest themed center that has won several design awards.     

Nancy resides in Plainfield where she and husband Lamont Blowe operate a B&B.  Click here for more information on Ms. Fiske's background.

Anna Wright-Piersanti

Grades 4-6 Lead Teacher Naturalist

Anna Wright-Piersanti joined NJ Audubon's staff in June 2012 as the Nature Camp Intern, and returned to NJ Audubon in June 2013 as the Nature Center Assistant. She is now a Teacher Naturalist at Plainsboro Preserve. Anna earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. She loves hiking, and going birding. As a Girl scout and Venture scout, she spent much of her childhood surrounded by nature. Anna believes that the best way for children to appreciate the outdoors is to explore and discover with their own hands.


Meghan Hayden

Grades 1-3 Lead Teacher Naturalist 

 This is Meghan's second summer working as a Teacher Naturalist at Plainsboro Preserve. She has an Associates degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Environmental studies. During the school year she works for the University of Rhode Island as a Field Teacher Naturalist at their environmental education center.


Sam Giancarli

Grades 4-6 Teacher Naturalist 

Sam is entering her final year at Stockton University in the fall, where she is earning a dual degree in Biology and Geology. Her primary interests are paleontology, natural history, and sedimentology. She is also involved in the visual arts, as well as music. 


Lori Hayes

Grades 1-3 Teacher Naturalist

 Lori recieved her B.S. in forestry from the University of Maine, and is currently one of the Directors with the NJ Forestry Association. She is a Sales Associate at L.L. Bean in Freehold. She teaches Birding Essentials and Geocaching classes in partnership with the Plainsboro Preserve as part of their Outdoor Discovery School. She loves hiking birding, and teacher our younger generations about the wonders of nature. She resides in Howell.