Kelly Kemmerle is an Environmental Education Specialist with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, America's First Urban Refuge. She has a B.S in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior from Rutgers University. She has been with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service since January 2016. However, she has been based out of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge since 2014, through a position with the Student Conservation Association.
She spends most of her time working on Philly Nature Kids, an EE partnership program with the entire 4th grade at 2 Southwest Philadelphia Schools that she helped to create when she was first hired in 2014. Students participate in a PA standards based EE program where refuge staff lead biweekly lessons for the entire school year, 10 lessons on-site at schools and 9 lessons in the field at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Kelly creates and leads curriculum for this program. She also spends time running teacher workshops, summer camps, special events, and more. She loves facilitating outdoor learning with Philadelphia youth.