Kendal (she/hers) grew up exploring the woods of Western Massachusetts. These years hiking, foraging, fort-building, and getting to know the forest and its occupants inspired Kendal to pursue a degree in education while at Middlebury College in Vermont. While in college, Kendal worked at her school’s organic educational farm, teaching students of all ages about growing food and caring for the land around them. She also worked for an organization called the New Perennials Project, through which she developed a series of workshops that enabled participants to deepen their relationships with their communities – human and beyond. During her final semester at Middlebury, Kendal taught in a second-grade classroom, applying all the skills and ideas for education she had learned over the past several years. She has now graduated with her Vermont Elementary Teaching License.
Kendal’s work in environmental education is inspired and informed by her favorite hobbies – long-distance hiking, trail running, rock climbing, skiing, and exploring the world around her. Some of her recent favorite adventures have included hiking the 500-mile Colorado Trail and climbing Matthes Crest in Yosemite!