Ellen MesserlyCommunity Engagement 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 the Community Engagement 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 Maryland and received her B.S. from Virginia Tech. After spending a year abroad in Botswana working as an educator with a nonprofit, Ellen decided to pursue her passion for working with people in the outdoors. During her two years in the Master’s in Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University, she taught students both in and out of the classroom while earning a teaching certificate for middle and high school science. She then moved to Santa Cruz, CA to work as a naturalist at an outdoor science school, where she helped students explore the natural world and experience personal growth during week-long camp visits. Before joining The Land Trust, she worked with preschoolers in Metro Nashville Public Schools after relocating to Nashville in 2018. She is currently an active member of the Tennessee Environmental Education Association, Tennessee Women in Green, the Overton High School Advisory Committee, and a nationwide group of Land Trust K-12 Education Leaders.
In her free time, you can usually find her active in some way – swimming, biking, running, hiking, kayaking – or in the kitchen experimenting with baking sourdough bread and healthy desserts! 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.”