Leigh has been supporting plant and environmental education as a Cornell Cooperative Extension employee and part of the ICG team since 1999. Her collection of wide-ranging interests have, at their core, the magic of childhood and wonder of the natural world.
After studying horticulture at Cornell, Leigh focused her master’s work
on environmental education in public garden settings. Leigh believes
wholeheartedly in the connection between environmental stewardship and
meaningful time in nature during childhood. Her work at ICG allows a
unique blend of fostering outdoor, child-led free play and hands-on,
multidisciplinary exploration of the natural world. After 15 years of
developing and leading education programs for Ithaca Children's Garden,
Leigh feels ICG’s focus on permaculture and playwork lay the foundation
for the next generation of environmental stewards.
In her years in service, Leigh has earned a reputation as a first rate educator. With 3 young boys of her own, she knows what kids like, and loves to deliver it through program innovation, design, and evaluation.