Oh my are we delighted to introduce Clare, our assistant program director and barn manager! She was already proven gold by the time we offered her the job – she volunteered with us for programs, animal care, and litter pick up. She swam in our mountain stream with us. She made us laugh. She proved herself thoughtful and kind. She adored our animals. 

We are all so excited to invite her into the ThorpeWood family. Read a bit more of her background below (and you’ll see what a good fit she is, too)

Clare graduated from Warren Wilson College with a major in Social Work and a minor in Expressive Art Therapies. She has a passion for helping underserved populations and cares deeply for the interconnected web of life that surrounds us. Clare stumbled upon ThorpeWood as a facilitator for Camp Journey, a program for youth with mental health diagnoses that participates in ThorpeWood programming, and liked it so much that she relentlessly volunteered with them until they gave in and hired her.

Clare feels at home surrounded by ThorpeWood’s beautiful animals and landscapes through which she can learn more about herself and the world around her. She especially finds fulfillment in being able to share that experience with those who visit the farm and in fostering relationships between people and animals. Outside of work, Clare enjoys taking care of her many plants, doing yoga, reading underrated YA novels, and cuddling with her cat, Simba.