Our Staff


Nancy Conway

Nancy Conway

Director of Educational Programs


Nancy Conway is the Director of Educational Programs for Friends of Five Rivers. Nancy is a life-long learner, having had careers in engineering and public education prior to joining Friends in 2008. Nancy combines her innate curiosity and analytical skills with her educational know-how to create timely, accessible ecological programming for all ages. Nancy is motivated to connect people with nature and spark their curiosity through hands-on, collaborative activities. In doing so, Nancy hopes to help build the next generation of environmental stewards.


Nancy Payne

Nancy Payne

Beautiful Day Coordinator


“The sooner you plant the seed, the better chance you have of reaping a long and lasting rewards.”

Nancy M Payne, Environmental Educator for Friends of Five Rivers has made a career of leading children to learning.  With her three degrees in Elementary Education, including a Masters’ Degree from Russell Sage, Nancy has taught in a Special Education classroom, 2nd though 5th grade classrooms and here at Five Rivers.  Besides teaching all the Center’s lessons, (she has contributed to the creation of all of them), Nancy now specializes in creating and running programing for our youngest visitors and their parents.  In the 1980’s Nancy began summer programs for this group.  Those programs now also run November through February.

“Parents are their Children’s 1st and most important teachers.  By offering programs that honor and promote that roll, we are fostering the development of future adults who will enjoy, value and protect the environment.”


Abbigael Drake

Assistant to Education Department


Abbi joined Friends of Five Rivers in the fall of 2022.

Paulette Doudoukjian

Paulette Doudoukjian

Development Director


56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054
For Educational Program Information, email:  education@FriendsofFiveRivers.org
For General Information, email:  info@FriendsofFiveRivers.org
Phone:  (518) 475-0295                 Fax:  (518) 475-0293

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