photo: Mae Axelrod

Kelly Herrenkohl

Vice President of Communications and Engagement


As Vice President of Communications and Engagement, Kelly oversees a team of people who focus on connecting people to nature—from events and volunteers, to communications and graphic design. She also oversees the organization’s Urban Program, which is working to foster opportunities for city residents to enjoy the outdoors.

Prior to joining Natural Lands, Kelly spent a decade working for Vetri Community Partnership, which promotes health and wellness through teaching cooking skills to children and families. “While cooking and land preservation may seem at odds with one another, they are actually the flip sides of the same public health coin…getting your body moving and engaging with nature is just as important to physical, mental, and emotional health as feeding yourself more fruits and vegetables,” she shares.

Kelly’s favorite place to be outside is her backyard garden. “It’s been a labor of love for the last 15 years. My kids have joked that I love working in my garden more than I love them. That is totally not true!”

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Missouri.

Ask Kelly about: what book is on her nightstand at the moment.