Associate Board Member
Emily grew up in Keene, NH roaming the hills and forests on foot or by bike with a camera in hand.
Her experiences with the Harris Center teacher naturalists who came to her elementary school inspired her to become an environmental educator herself so she pursued a degree in Environmental Literacy from Northern Vermont University. While in school she interned with the ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program run by the North Branch Nature Center in Vermont. She continued on as a Field Instructor for North West Regional's Outdoor Science School Program teaching 5th and 6th graders out on the Oregon coast. She also provided outdoor adventures to campers at Portland Audubon.
Through all of these experiences she has learned how to inspire curiosity, help children develop their sensory skills to improve observation and encourage play as a form of learning and connection. She is passionate about giving all children a chance to experience nature and helping to foster a love of wilderness, a sense of place and community.
Along the way she met her sweetheart, and the two have been moving back and forth from the pacific northwest to the northeast the last 18 years finally settling back in Keene last year with their 2 small children. They have WWOOF’d together on farms in Vermont and Oregon.She loves gardening, and was a 2023 recipient of the Cheshire County Conservation Districts Conservation Opportunity Grant to plant a pollinator habitat in her yard. She dabbles in herbal knowledge, growing plants for teas and salves. She sews, reveling in mending quilts and clothes for her family and beloved friends. She loves to be outside, hiking, sitting under a tree or by a stream.