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Ellen MesserlyEducation Coordinator

Ellen Messerly develops and leads the agricultural, conservation, and historic experiential educational programming at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s 64-acre Glen Leven Farm. As Education Coordinator Ellen works to bring innovative, hands-on curriculum to community members to inspire a deeper appreciation of land conservation through an historic Nashville landscape.

Ellen grew up in Highland, MD, a small suburb between D.C. and Baltimore. After getting a B.S. in Wildlife Science at Virginia Tech, Ellen spent a year abroad in Botswana working as the educator with CARACAL, a nonprofit that is involved in the community through research, wildlife rescue, and education. This experience made her realize a passion for working with people, and led her to pursue a M.S. in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University with a middle/high school teaching credential. She then taught and did administrative work at an outdoor school in Santa Cruz, CA before finding her way to Nashville.

In her free time, you can usually find her being active in some way – swimming, biking, running, hiking, kayaking – or in the kitchen experimenting with baking sourdough bread and healthy desserts!

“My goal is to ignite a sense of wonder in everyone who sets foot on Glen Leven Farm. When people see, experience, and learn about the land and its history, they appreciate it so much more.”