The Pinelands Adventures Team
Meet the Pinelands Adventures team of expert guides and educators.
John Volpa, Education Director
John is responsible for Pinelands Adventure’s guided trips and education programs while helping with daily trips for paddlers. He has extensive history as an educator working and exploring in the Pinelands. Most recently he served as an environmental science teacher for more than two decades at the Indian Mills Middle School in Shamong. John facilitated Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s annual teacher education program for ten summer sessions. In his role as an Evesham Township Environmental Commissioner, he created the Black Run Preserve and is the Chair of the Friends of the Black Run Preserve.
Glenn Adams, Head Driver and Trainer
Glenn has helped introduce area residents to the Pine Barrens for more than 36 years. He worked as a driver and guide with Adams Canoe Rental and continues to work with Pinelands Adventures on the weekends. Glenn’s knowledge of the business and the forest has been invaluable to us. Glenn’s full-time job is as a civil engineer with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Jeff Larson, Driver and Guide
Jeff Larson has been a pinelands resident for most of his adult life. He is an avid pickerel fisherman who has spent countless hours exploring the watersheds within the Pine Barrens. He has enjoyed many years of exploring the deepest, most remote areas of the woods and has a profound respect for the history and culture of the region. A professional musician and guitar teacher, Jeff released two albums with a pine barrens related theme that have been well received in the community and internationally.
Drew Doughty joined Pinelands Adventures in 2018. He is a natural fit for our team who loves spending time in the pines and traveling to other beautiful natural places whenever he’s not working or at a concert.
Hometown: Mays Landing
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Jason Howell, Driver, Guide, Riverkeeper & Photographer
Jason Howell is an NJ Volunteer Master Naturalist, Wilderness First Responder, and is a volunteer with Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue covering Southern New Jersey and The Pinelands National Reserve. Jason works full-time as Stewardship Coordinator with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and helps us at Pinelands Adventures whenever he gets the opportunity. In addition to his work with PPA, Jason works as an independent documentary cinematographer and wildlife photographer. His latest project, After Spring, documents Syrian refugee families as they struggle to regain control of their lives while helping to build a Taekwando school in Zaatari Refugee Camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border. Jason is an avid canoeist, hiker, and wilderness skills enthusiast.
Donald “Ski” Sulewski, Assistant Director Rancocas Programs
Ski joined Pinelands Adventures in 2017 and quickly became an integral part of our team. After retiring from the United States Army, he was promoted to oversee our Rancocas operations. An avid outdoorsman, who loves to hike, hunt and fish, he has learned much about the Pine Barrens and is always eager to share his knowledge about its plant and animal life. In his spare time, he likes to teach and learn about primitive survival skills and is an amateur knife maker.
Robert “Barnes” Laucks, Assistant Director, Riverkeeper, Kayak and Canoe Mechanic
Barnes is a lifelong resident of the Pine Barrens, his passions are hunting and fishing but if you asked him, he would tell you that he’ll take any excuse to spend the day in the woods. In addition to his role as Assistant Director, Barnes does canoe and kayak repairs for us and just about anything else that needs to be fixed. When not working for Pinelands Adventures, Barnes is a family man. He is married with 2 sons and loves to be at home. In his spare time, Barnes has a small company he calls Bog Iron for which he builds custom knives and sheaths for area sportsman.
Rob Ferber, Director
Rob joined Pinelands Adventures in December 2014 and runs the day-to-day operations. He is a 20 year resident of southern New Jersey. Prior to joining Pinelands Adventures, Rob was the manager of Linvilla Orchards, a 300-acre family farm in Media, PA. Rob and his wife also run their own agriculture business raising certified organic vegetable and herb transplants for farms and garden centers. Rob is a graduate of Neumann University, the New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program and the North Carolina Outward Bound Instructor Development Program.