Liz Hood is an outdoor educator, professional naturalist and urban beekeeper, who recently completed the International Botanic Gardens Education Diploma program at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK. To attend this program, Liz won scholarships from RBG Kew and was named a Chanticleer Scholar in 2011. She is passionate about inspiring learners of all ages through education that is grounded in the workings of nature. Liz uses horticultural and experiential education and the power of mentorship to re-connect city dwellers to the natural world.
Liz graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. She earned her Ontario teacher qualifications at Queen’s University in Outdoor and Experiential Education in 2001 and has been a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers for more than a decade. Before joining the TBG in 2006, Liz taught in four school boards across the province and a half-dozen outdoor education centres throughout southwestern Ontario. Beginning her TBG career in Children’s Education, Liz supervised TBG’s children’s programs until 2010, when she was named TBG’s first Director of Education. Now overseeing a department that includes adult and children’s education, horticultural tours and Canada’s largest private horticultural library, Liz and her team encourage urbanites to re-engage their curiosity and reawaken their senses in order to create lasting relationships with a sustainable natural world.