Michelle Ferrara Peterson


AstroCamp Program Director

"Guided Discoveries allows me to share my love of science with children and to infuse them with the excitement of learning. There are so many kids who need to know that it is OK to think science is cool and to want to pursue a life in the sciences, especially young girls.  It is all about the kids we see every day, but it is also about the relationships we create with like-minded people we work with at Guided Discoveries."

Encouraged by her parents to "go on adventures" (code for "get out of the house") Michelle spent her childhood playing in woods, rivers and lakes, discovering new things about the outdoors every day.

Michelle came to work at AstroCamp for what she thought would be six weeks in 1997, but she ended up staying through 2002, serving as Instructor and Assistant Program Director.  Michelle moved to Oregon and worked at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as the School Partnership Manager.  She returned to AstroCamp in 2010 as the AstroCamp Program Director.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in fisheries and wildlife, with a minor in physics. She holds certifications CPR, First Aid, lifeguarding, NAUI diving and has her private pilot license, and has worked at more than a half-dozen camps in a variety of capacities.

Contact Michelle at or 951.659.6162