Julie joined the Wildflower Center as a volunteer in the spring of 2011 and became staff in June 2012. She organizes and implements Nature Nights, a popular summer event featuring snakes, helicopters, birds of prey and more. In addition, Julie is responsible for creating new programs and updating current programs for school groups, home-school groups and scout groups. She schedules all formal youth groups that want to visit the Wildflower Center and facilitates environmental education training workshops for teachers. Julie strongly believes that a child’s well-being is enhanced by spending time in nature.
Before joining the Wildflower Center, Julie worked in the education field as a teacher and at The University of Texas at Austin as a reading intervention specialist. She was also a volunteer coordinator at Zilker Botanical Garden. She has an associate’s degree in physical science from Austin Community College as well as a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Texas State University.
Julie is certified to teach Project WILD and is a facilitator for Project Learning Tree. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her sons and is currently remodeling her house. When she wants to get away, she takes a road trip, goes to the beach and reads a good book, or finds a botanical garden to explore.