Founding members

Catherine Pedemonti

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You can often find Catherine leading nature walks for families in Cambridge's urban wild spaces. Catherine is a former nature preschool teacher who is now coordinator of the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, a local group dedicated to the preservation of the flora and fauna of the historic green space through education and stewardship. Her master’s degree in landscape design and land use planning provides us with extensive expertise in our efforts to help our community preserve our urban green spaces, as well as think creatively about how to connect children with them. She and her family are avid users of our area's watersheds and bike trails via cycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.

Kathleen Fitzgerald

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Kathleen is passionate about sowing the seeds of environmental stewardship and a love of nature in the hearts of our youngest citizens. She is the catalyst for CELP and our most passionate advocate. With her many years' experience in fundraising, communications, event/volunteer management, and public relations in the nonprofit world, she will help define, organize and grow our organization. When she's not spreading the word about CELP to potential stakeholders around Cambridge, she and her family can be found in their garden growing native plants to attract pollinators, forest walking, beach combing, or taking pictures of mushrooms they'll never be brave enough to eat.

Amanda Trombley

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Amanda spent her childhood in and alongside the lakes, valleys, and mountains of New Hampshire. As a grownup and now a mom, she is passionate about finding opportunities for urban families to immerse themselves in nature without leaving the city. Amanda has spent the past twenty years as a social change entrepreneur, founding and assisting with the growth of many startups including the recent Boston launch of an outdoor learning startup.

Amy Greene

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Amy has been bringing the classroom outdoors for over twenty years. She is a former middle school math and science teacher, in which she pioneered an innovative garden-based curriculum and small-group field ecology research projects. For the past two years she has taught outdoor nature classes to the under six crowd at various urban parks and wild spaces in Cambridge. This former Virginia native and mom teaches local families how to enjoy and learn outdoors all year round, even in our harsh New England winters!