Kelly Hogan is the owner and director of Nurture by Nature, the LLC that designs and manages the programming at Jean’s Farm. She currently runs an outdoor immersion kindergarten at Jean's Farm, and is a Personal Support Worker, sharing her homesteading lifestyle and time in nature with those in need of life skills support. Her former roles include: Co-founder, Director and Outdoor Preschool Teacher at Mother Earth School (year-round outdoor immersion education for ages 3-9), Director of Portland Waldorf School’s LivingLAB program (K-12 environmental education), and Lead Administrator for the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children. Her passion for nature-based education has been her career focus for almost two decades.
In 2009, Kelly earned her Permaculture Design Certificate and began to dive more deeply into related topics such as nature mentorship, survival & homesteading skills, rites of passage, global indigenous history, anti-oppression theory and Theater of the Oppressed. An enthusiastic storyteller, Kelly views her love of naturalist skills such as tracking and bird language as a means of reading the stories of the landscape.