Pre-Conference Session

Dr. Ingrid Schneider   Dr. Ingrid Schneider







Ella Weber

Ella Weber

Nature Heals Tool Kit Training

Free for Master Gardener Volunteers who are registered for the conference
$15 for Master Gardener Volunteers who are not registered for the conference

Friday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

This will be an opportunity for Master Gardeners to dive deep into the Nature Heals Took Kit and connect to the amazing work created for them. *Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Jean Larson will not be able to join us. 

Ingrid Schneider, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Minnesota's Department of Forest Resources. With a primary focus on visitor behavior and attitudes, Dr. Schneider works with various organizations in Minnesota, the U.S. and the world to understand and plan for enhanced visitor management, particularly among nature-based tourism destinations. Prior to serving at the University of Minnesota, Ingrid was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Research Manager and SONIFI Solutions (previously LodgeNet, Inc.). Schneider did her B.S. in Technical Communications and M.S. in Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and completed her Ph.D. at Clemson University in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management. Ingrid was inducted into the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2012. Schneider has published a variety of refereed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and is in the process of editing her 4th edition of Diversity in the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives.


Ella Weber is a graduate student in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on improving human and environmental health in urban areas through community-participatory sustainable design interventions and green infrastructure. She is particularly interested in the impacts of greening under-utilized city spaces - alleys, empty lots, and boulevards - to increase incidental nature experiences in our day-to-day lives. Prior to joining the University, she was a research assistant at the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and Harvard University Herbaria. She holds a B.A. in U.S. History and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan.


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