After living in New England for the last ten years, Emily recently moved back to her home state of Pennsylvania with her husband. While in New England, Emily earned her B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with a focus in Environmental Education from University of New Hampshire. Emily began her career at a non-profit wildlife center, offering wildlife education programs to local schools and families and caring for a team of non-releasable wild animal ambassadors (she was lucky enough to work with hawks, falcons, owls, porcupines, and more).
After working for various environmental education-based non-profit organizations, Emily found her way to teaching in a more formal setting. As a professional, certified naturalist Emily helped an early learning center in New Hampshire develop a nature-based curriculum, designed a naturalist in the classroom program, and spent her days exploring outdoors with children. Emily also worked with many schools and organizations in New England to lead professional development workshops and help introduce nature-based learning. Emily is honored to have been selected as a 2018 TEDx Portsmouth speaker and shared her knack for owl calls on the stage.
Following her move to PA, Emily launched her own program called Among the Ferns which brings nature play and learning classes, naturalist guided walks, and nature connection to the community. Emily believes in the power of learning in, with, and from nature and uses her naturalist background to help young learners develop a deep and lasting connection with the natural world. She is passionate about building community through nature connection and loves sharing in a child’s wonder and curiosity.
When she’s not running around outside with children, Emily loves to be outside with her husband. She enjoys camping, practicing Earth and primitive skills, tending to her garden, and is thrilled to be planning her own homestead at her new home. Emily is also a proud Board member of Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. Emily is eager to connect with all of the learners at Homestead School and share her passion for nature. She looks forward to working with the Homestead community to infuse nature connection and help the children and their families grow as naturalists.