Bryan Thompson-Nowak, a native of Pennsylvania, has spent most of his adult life at the intersection of people and plants. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science from Albright College, Bryan went on to spend nearly ten years as an environmental educator at a small nature center outside of Philadelphia.
His interests in travel and environmental education led Bryan to spend two years working in rural Haiti with a community-based reforestation and environmental education program, which supported individuals by transforming lives through trees. Seeing the dramatic positive effect trees can have on people’s lives prompted him to pursue an arboriculture internship at Philadelphia’s Morris Arboretum. While there, he focused his research on enhancing the visitor experience at Morris and also achieved his arborist certification.
Most recently, Bryan worked as an educator at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. He plays an instrumental role in Bartram’s Green Room, a new, visitor-focused education space where he developed educational programming to share his love of plants with visitors to America’s oldest botanical garden.
In the Longwood Graduate Program, Bryan hopes to continue exploring the intersection of people and plants by developing new, meaningful ways to engage the public in the lives of gardens and arboreta.
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