Meet our new AmeriCorps School Garden Coordinator!
Taylor Henzler will be serving the Durango community for the next year as the School Garden Coordinator through AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to enhance and further develop programs that have direct benefit to its community members. Taylor will be working with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado to engage local elementary school students with garden science, nutrition education, and self-sufficiency skills.
Taylor is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University and graduated with a degree in Art Education. She moved to Colorado after living and working in Brooklyn, New York where she quickly realized that she was most comfortable in small towns. In Colorado, Taylor has been a whitewater rafting guide on the Arkansas River for the past three summer seasons. She develops and writes art curriculum for a company that delivers art classes to students who might not otherwise be experiencing the visual arts in their schools. When she is not working on the river or making art, Taylor loves to travel. Last summer she had the opportunity to explore Alaska while visiting family. This past winter she spent three months backpacking through South America with her boyfriend, Dylan. She hopes to bring all of these experiences with her to the outdoor classroom.
If you are interested in getting to know Taylor a little better you might find her working in the gardens at Needham Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Miller Middle School, or Park Elementary. Stop by, check out our gardens, snack on some produce and volunteer to keep our gardens providing kids with invaluable experiences.