Erin Smith

Preserve Manager


Erin first joined Natural Lands as an intern at our Crow’s Nest Preserve, and was later hired as a full-time preserve assistant. In 2019 she was promoted to preserve manager of a trio of preserves: Sadsbury Woods, Willisbrook, and Green Hills (otherwise know as “SWaG”).

Prior to joining Natural Lands, she worked as easement stewardship intern at Brandywine Conservancy, and a natural lands management intern at Brian Bush Nature Center.

But her love of nature began long before her career in caring for it. “I grew up outside of DC and, even though we lived in a very populated area, my family would go out hiking and spend time in the woods,” said Erin. “I remember hiking Sugarloaf Mountain with my father. After reaching the peak, we would spend hours gazing over the farm fields below.”

When asked to name something she needs daily to get her work done, Erin says, “In a word: boots. Work boots, muck boots, hiking boots, and casual boots for the ride home.”

Erin received her master’s in Landscape Architecture from Temple University. During her time at Temple, she was a member of the student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

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