Molly Smyrl

Crow's Nest Educator


Molly runs summer nature camps and school-year nature clubs at our Crow’s Nest Preserve in Chester County, PA. Molly is always thinking up fun ways for kids to learn about nature, such as her edible scat—made with chocolate, coconut, and other yummy ingredients—that is disturbingly believable as native wildlife poo!

Molly has worked as summer camp counselor for at least a portion of every summer since she was 16 years old. Before joining Natural Lands, Molly worked at an outdoor education center in the Adirondacks.

Molly‘s favorite native species is partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), “because two flowers fuse to form each berry, and that’s the only plant that I know of that does that.” She also thinks Turkey Vultures are pretty awesome.

Molly earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University and an M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.

Ask Molly about: the importance of unstructured play for kids.