Keelin Purcell is originally from Delmar, New York. She graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Plant Science. She has worked in the Education Department of Cornell Plantations, assisting with their lecture series and large family events. She also completed a Children’s Garden Summer Instructor Internship at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. And most recently she was the year-long School & Youth Programs Intern at Longwood Gardens.
Keelin is particularly interested in public garden education, along
with all aspects of public garden management. Her thesis topic is
“Adolescent Involvement at Public Horticulture Institutions.” The
purpose of this research is to document the extent to which public
gardens are providing programming for adolescents, as well as to offer
insight into the institutional benefits and specific
strategies of doing so.
Student Position: Symposium Leader
Board Position: Public Programs Committee at the Morris Arboretum Board Member