Emily Benz 

Educational Programs Coordinator


Primary Responsibilities

  • Plans outreach activities for youth and families

  • Coordinates member events

  • Assists with planning the field trip program

  • Assists with communications


Past Jobs & Experience

Emily grew up in the foothills of Colorado where exploration on foot and horseback gave her a strong sense of connection to the outdoors and created an unwavering love of wild places and public land. She spent time teaching environmental science and biology to middle and high school students in Chicago and also taught at the University of Chicago in both the Urban Education Program and SESAME (Seminars for Endorsement of Science and Mathematics Educators) project before putting down roots with her young family in the Driftless. 



B.S. in Education, Kansas State University

M.S. in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

National Board Certified Teacher in Science, Adolescent and Young Adult

WI Licensed Teacher


Favorite thing about the Driftless Area

"The Driftless Area has a magnetism that is hard to describe, but the combination of beautiful scenery, hard-working farms and creative people makes for a pretty special place. Also, the food. So much good food is produced here with love and care for the land."


Hobbies and Interests

Outside of the office, Emily is a mama, yoga teacher, community-engager, good-food advocate and athlete. You can find her playing hard, running a volunteer project, on a trail, in her garden or in a book.