Assistant Educational Coordinator, Environmental Education
Kerry Lemon has served as Assistant Educational Coordinator for the SFA Gardens Environmental Education Programs since July of 2009 when SFA Gardens received a grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Community Outdoor Outreach Program. Kerry serves as Project Director of Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor adventure program that includes after-school, family weekend, and summer camp programs. Kerry’s involvement with SFA Gardens began in 2000 when she offered her services as a volunteer with the garden educational programs. She has served as camp director for the SFA Pineywoods Camp since 2002.
After growing up in Austin, Kerry lived for seven years in California and spent a year studying in Madrid, Spain before returning to her southern roots and moving to East Texas in 1988. Kerry’s experience as an educator spans over three decades, including work with special needs infants, in pre-school and elementary classrooms, training adults with developmental disabilities, teaching English as a second language, providing environmental education to children and adults, and homeschooling her own two children. Kerry has been certified to teach a variety of environmental education curricula including Project Wild, Project Aquatic Wet, Project Learning Tree, Keep Texas Beautiful-Waste in Place, and Leopold Project. She is certified through TPWD in Angler education and as an archery instructor through the National Archery in the Schools Program. In addition, Kerry has been trained in Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medicine Institute and is currently certified as a canoe instructor through the American Canoe Association. She speaks Spanish although she admits to being a bit rusty these days.
Kerry has lived with her husband and two children in a hand built off-the-grid home for the past 22 years. This untraditional lifestyle has contributed to her love of nature and commitment to sustainable land ethics. She has gardened extensively for many years learning about growing flowers and vegetables in the trenches and arriving at the conclusion that there is always more to learn from the plant world. Her family has traveled across the country (as well as to Mexico and Greece) camping, backpacking, canoeing, and hiking. She has a deep connection with the natural world and an appreciation for the gift of “wilderness” in her life. Kerry is personally and professionally committed to connecting children and families with the natural world through outdoor educational and recreational experiences. The opportunity to work at SFA Gardens surrounded by staff with such a wealth of knowledge and skills is one of the greatest joys of her life.