About Kelly

Hey there, I’m Kelly, your barefoot gardening friend! My 15 years teaching children ages birth to 18 in both formal and non-formal educational environments inspired me to delve into the work of reconnecting children and nature. I had a childhood grounded in nature and an adolescence focused on environmental and social responsibility which heavily influenced my adult lifestyle and career in holistic progressive education. I draw from the work and philosophies of progressive educators such as Montessori, Steiner, Dewey, Ferrer, Sobel, and Stone and am propelled to action by my own experiences with the modern child’s disconnection from her food sources and natural environment.

I received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998, with a major in photography and a minor in art history and since graduating from SCAD, I have been creating and exhibiting my own fine art and craft in intimate settings. I received my Montessori 6-9 teaching certification for the American Montessori Society in 2004. In 2012, I received an MA with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Goddard College and self published Wings, Worms, and Wonder!

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Beyond inspiring students and teachers in workshops and through book events, I am currently the Education coordinator for DIG Local and  am co-coordinator/educator for the Beaches Local Food Network’s Children’s Garden and serve on the advisory council, I teach in the University of Richmond’s Nature and Sustainability Institute, and advise the Nature-Study Program for Montessori Tides School. Since the book’s publication, I have presented my work at the Association for Experiential Education’s 2012 International Conference, the 2012 &2013 North American Association for Environmental Education International Conference, The 2013 Learn Green International Conference, the 2013 American Montessori Society International Conference, and the 2013 &2013 Florida Learn Green Conference.

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I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and love of holistic children’s gardening in your town soon. Contact me and let’s get something growing!

 

Upcoming Events
Sep
5
Fri
4:00 pm Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a private event facilitated by Wings, Worms, and Wonder and DIG Local, but please contact me to create an event specifically tailored to your school or community garden!
Sep
6
Sat
9:00 am BLFN Children’s Garden Workshop @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
BLFN Children’s Garden Workshop @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Come  join the fun in the fall garden! We’re waking up the garden, seeding, harvesting, planting, and composting! Open to all ages. Children must attend with an adult. Donations appreciated
Sep
15
Mon
3:15 pm St. Catherine’s School Garden Co... @ St. Catherine's School
St. Catherine’s School Garden Co... @ St. Catherine's School
Sep 15 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
This is a private consultation, but I would love to schedule a visit to your school to help structure a garden build, revitalize an existing garden, integrate a garden across elementary curricula, and weave a garden program across the fabric
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Sep
19
Fri
4:00 pm Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a private event facilitated by Wings, Worms, and Wonder and DIG Local, but please contact me to create an event specifically tailored to your school or community garden!
Sep
20
Sat
9:00 am BLFN Children’s Garden Workshop @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
BLFN Children’s Garden Workshop @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Come  join the fun in the fall garden! We’re planting!! Let’s discover what a plant needs and  it’s parts! Open to all ages. Children must attend with an adult. Donations appreciated
Sep
23
Tue
10:00 am Bay & Bee Early Childhood Nature... @ Bay&Bee
Bay & Bee Early Childhood Nature... @ Bay&Bee
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join me at Bay&Bee for a fun hour of garden stories, songs, herb sensorial experiences, and a sprouting activity September 23 from 10-10:45 am. Check out the amazing Bay&Bee early childhood play space! website: http://baynbee.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaynBee
Sep
26
Fri
4:00 pm Donner Park / Gail Baker Communi... @ Donner Park / Gail Baker Community Center
Donner Park / Gail Baker Communi... @ Donner Park / Gail Baker Community Center
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a private event facilitated by Wings, Worms, and Wonder and DIG Local, but please contact me to create an event specifically tailored to your school or community garden!
Oct
1
Wed
10:00 am BLFN Children’s Garden Wonder an... @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
BLFN Children’s Garden Wonder an... @ Beaches Organic Community Garden Children's Garden
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This is a private “Mommy and Child Group” workshop. Please contact me to schedule a custom workshop for your group!
Oct
3
Fri
4:00 pm Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Jordan Center Workshop @ Jordan Park Community Center
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is a private event facilitated by Wings, Worms, and Wonder and DIG Local, but please contact me to create an event specifically tailored to your school or community garden!
Oct
5
Sun
2:00 pm Maggie’s Herb Farm Children’s Wo... @ Maggie's Herb Farm
Maggie’s Herb Farm Children’s Wo... @ Maggie's Herb Farm
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maggie’s Herb Farm Children’s Nature Journaling Workshop Discover how to be a super observer of your world through nature journaling! In this workshop for children ages 6-12 we will make nature journals and explore how to be an observer, just
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