Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
BFA (Hons) Painting, Massachusetts College of Art
MSW Simmons College School of Social Work
I started at the Arnold Arboretum as a volunteer guide in the field studies program in 1998, and was hired to run the program in 2000. I recruit and train the 40 volunteers who lead the field study programs in the Arboretum landscape each spring and fall. These volunteers make it possible for the Arboretum to serve over 2,400 students each year in programs that emphasize small group learning with a strong hands-on component.
The last ten years have been full of growth and challenges as the Arboretum expanded its commitment to the children and families of Boston. We now run an ecosystem field study for Boston Public School fifth graders, offer programming for preschool children and training for their teachers, and teach life science at the first and second grade levels in a local Boston Public School.
When children come to the Arboretum, I want them to discover that this is a wonderful and beautiful place which is available to them and to their families year-round. I see children responding so enthusiastically to the natural world in general, and to our collections in particular. We have a remarkable opportunity to delve into science as flower buds open up, as seeds mature and scatter, and as plants from all over the world show us the remarkable diversity of our planet.
A favorite kid quote from our programs: “This is the best that nature has to offer!”