Education for Adults & Groups

Marissa Jacobs (The Art of Ecology) is an Environmental & Conservation Educator who focuses on blending the arts with science to deepen understanding and help build stronger connections between her students and the natural world. She is an international speaker, professional development educator, award-winning nature photographer & eco-gardener, Certified Tree Tender, Certified National Geographic Educator and has spent the past two years as a Mentor for their Certificate Program. She holds a B.S. in Conservation & Wildlife Management with a focus in Media & Art. Marissa has almost 10 years of education experience for all ages, from Pre-School & Montessori Learning Environments, through retired adult and continuing education.


Why let the kids have all of the fun?! The natural world beckons all of us and regardless of our age, we have something to learn from it. Explore the ecosystems around you through in-person or through virtual meetings. The Art of Ecology encourages adults of all ages to discover ways to be environmental stewards or explore ecosystems both locally and afar.
Request a Speaker (1 hour, either Virtual or In-Person)

During these sessions, held either virtually or in-person wherever your group meets, attendees will get to explore the natural world through visually stunning presentations. Each presentation focuses on a specific theme and all images included are taken by award-winning nature photographer, Marissa Jacobs. ($150/presentation, covers all attendees). Don’t see a theme below that your group would be interested in? Let me know and we can create a topic specially for your group.

Example Presentation Topics: Ecology of the American Southwest | Ecology of Kenyan Flora & Fauna | Ecology of Athens and the Aegean Sea | Ecology of the Persian Gulf: Dubai | Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary at Home | Importance of Native Plants in the Landscape | Tree Huggers Tree ID & Landscape Value | Attracting Birds & Birding from Home | Increasing Empathy for Ecosystems through Art | Backyard Bounty: Foraging at Home

Guided Walks & Group Activities (1.5 hours, In-Person Only)

Does your group want to explore and engage with the natural world for a hands-on presentation? Get outside (available year round) or stay indoors (ideal for winter programs November – February) and touch, observe, and interact your way to a deeper understanding of the local ecosystems. Perfect for groups with property to explore or who can take a field trip.

Example Guided Walks ($250/presentation, covers up to 16 people per walk- no materials): Seasonal Tree ID & Ecology | Wonders of Wildlife: Exploring Evidence of Animal Life | Nature Photography Walk | Foraging & Wild Edible Walks | Botanical Dye Plant Walks

Example Indoor Activity Walks ($400/presentation, covers up to 16 people per activity – materials provided): Exploring Bird Diets with DIY Bird Feeders | Native Plants in the Landscape with DIY Seed Balls | Butterfly Habitat with Host & Nectar Plant Exploration | Improve Observation & Art Skills with Botanical Illustration | Destressing with Nature & NeuroArt


Marissa is such an energetic presenter! She adds the excitement of science and nature into our Wizarding Camps and our Wizarding for Adults programs. her exuberance makes her presentation engaging, fun, and informative. Our wizarding students, of all ages, enjoy every moment

Melissa Jay, Coordinator of Education at Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle


Stay Connected to Nature Year-Round, Regardless of Age!