Mark Layton is the Nature Program Coordinator here at Refreshing Mountain, though he originally got his start at Refreshing Mountain when he was 16 years old, working in the housekeeping department. That same summer he was given the chance to work in the activities department and immediately loved it. Through that opportunity he realized how much he enjoyed working outside and interacting with people through the job.
Mark eventually left Refreshing Mountain to pursue another opportunity out of the state. However, in February of 2015 he returned to RM to begin a Nature Education Program. The job perfectly combined his love for the outdoors, working with animals, and teaching.
Some of Mark’s favorite aspects of his job are being able to teach our guests about conservation of the natural world, caring for the animal collection in the Wildlife Center, and simply seeing guests excited about being outside. Some days you may also see Mark over in the activities department, helping to keep activities running smoothly or guiding a zipline tour as well.
Mark’s interest in nature developed at an early age, through an interest in reptiles and amphibians. His special interest is in venomous snakes.