Brooks Paternotte

Executive Director at Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, MD

 “When I first started as an Executive Director I was encouraged to reach out to ANCA, and I would say it was the best advice I ever got. I was assigned a mentor, attended my first Summit, and the rest is history. I am proud to say that not only is my mentor a great friend, but we are also now fellow ANCA board members.”

Born and raised in Baltimore, Brooks started developing his affinity for spending time outside while on weekend camping trips with friends and neighbors growing up. This passion blossomed once his family began vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York where he enjoyed hiking, climbing, and fishing. After graduating with degrees in English and Classical Languages from Colgate University, Brooks launched into nearly two decades of teaching and administrating in Baltimore independent schools. Along the way he earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University and became a certified instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). When the opportunity to lead Irvine Nature Center presented itself in 2013, he was finally able to combine his love of nature and the outdoors with the skills developed as a classroom teacher and school administrator. He currently serves as a trustee for the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) and No More Stolen Childhoods, a childhood sexual abuse prevention non-profit. Brooks particularly enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and fly-fishing.