Green Festival Speakers
Araceli Perez is the Children Nature Institute’s Education Associate. She is a native from Mexico where she earned a Degree in Biology and holds a Masters in Education with has classroom experience pertaining to Kindergarten to High School. Araceli has volunteered as a Master Gardener promoting backyard vegetable gardening in schools and communities. She loves teaching and sharing the multiple benefits nature brings to children and youth. The Children’s Nature Institute is dedicated to providing young children with the opportunity to explore the natural world through hands-on, educational experiences. They use nature as a tool for fostering creativity, discovery, independence, personal development and improved social and academic skills. Through their programs, including the award winning Outreach Discovery Program, Tykes on Trails Program, Kids Leading Kids, and Family Walks, CNI connects nature to the everyday lives of children by incorporating parents, grandparents, and teachers into the learning process. CNI's vision is to inspire children and provide opportunities to be excited and intrigued by all that the natural world has to offer and teach us.