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Candace Lutzow-Felling, Director of Education
Candace was raised in Chicago. She grew up climbing trees and enjoying the view of her world from up high. After high school, she left the city to attend college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. There she learned to forage for edible wild plants to supplement her meager income. This combination of a practical need for sustenance, proximity to the Shawnee National Forest with a high plant biodiversity, and an enthusiastic group of botanists who invited her to accompany them into the field encouraged Candace to pursue both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in botany. For her master’s research, she traveled to the U.S Virgin Islands to document traditional uses of plants. Candace left southern Illinois to pursue her doctorate in botany and conservation biology at the University of Hawaii. There she studied the ecology, morphology, and genetic diversity of the endemic tree, Acacia koa. Presently, Candace serves as the Director of Education at Blandy Experimental Farm. Her job is to incorporate scientific research knowledge and skills into environmental education programs for preschool through 12th grade students and their teachers. 
Contact Candace
 via email or at 540-837-1758 Ext 230 

Emily Ford, Lead Environmental Educator                                      

One of Emily’s favorite spots at Blandy is under the Weeping Beech tree. She enjoys all of the teaching and learning that takes place at Blandy but especially loves teaching the ‘It’s for the Birds’ program. Emily had been working in the Education Department since 2006. Emily completed her Master’s in Science Education from Montana State University in 2010 and received her undergraduate degree in biology from George Mason, where she first experienced teaching environmental education through experiential field courses. When not traipsing through mud investigating scat, insects, and birds at Blandy, she loves to hike with her dogs, play in the garden, and kayak when she can.
 Contact Emily via email or at 540-837-1758 Ext. 290

Lillian Ledford, Environmental Educator 

Lillian grew up north of Charlottesville, Virginia in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She graduated from James Madison University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Archaeology and Art History but while working at the Wintergreen Nature Foundation realized how much she enjoyed working with youth outdoors and so earned her Postbaccalaureate Elementary Education Teaching License from Mary Baldwin in 2007. She has spent time on archaeological digs, working with the Youth Conservation Corps at both State and Federal Parks and working in public school classrooms. When not working on programs, Lillian loves learning more about ecology and other natural sciences, foraging, playing outside, and exploring the anthropology of art and cuisine! 
Contact Lillian via email or at 540-837-1758 Ext. 242