About Us

Nature knows no boundaries!

Today, maybe more than ever, it is critical that Americans care about and get involved in learning more about the environment.

There’s nothing better than a great experience in a natural ecosystem. However, if you can’t make it to a nature center, arboretum, or botanical garden, NatureReach can bring nature to you!

Whether you’re an AFTER SCHOOL program, YOUTH GROUP, PRE-SCHOOL, SENIOR CENTER, WOMEN’S SHELTER, SPECIAL NEEDS program, NatureReach offers nature experiences

by bringing the wonders and enjoyment of the “outdoors” to those
…who may not have ready access to a nature experience
…who are unsure of what experiences nature can bring
…who are seeking achievement of particular educational/extra-curricular goals.

Nature is no farther than your back door. Enjoy the changing of the seasons, the movements of a butterfly, the life cycle of the plants outside your back door, just by taking the time to look and learn.

Board of Directors

Tamara McMillan – Chair
Experience: 30 years in Mortgage Banking; Board experience – Bob Jones Nature Center, recipient of BJNC President’s Award, chaired and co-chaired annual fundraising events exceeding financial goals; Southlake Historical Society, Apex Arts League, Southlake Arts Council, Southlake Parks Development Corporation.

Jenifer Reed – Treasurer
Experience: Program Manager for NTT Com Security, mother of teenage son, volunteer at son’s school, Graduate and Director on the board of the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College, Masters in Management, Certified Project Management Professional, service to Goucher College honored by an annual award in Jenifer’s honor – The Jenifer Mitchell Reed ’86 Award.

Beatriz Terrazas – Vice Chair/Secretary
Experience: Award-winning writer and visual storyteller including Nieman Fellow Harvard University, Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting-Team, American Sociey of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Contest – First Place, Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards – Gold; Member of ASJA and American Society of Media Photographers; Board experiece – The Writer’s Garret, Bob Jones Nature Center, American Society of Media Photographers-Dallas Chapter.

ADMINISTRATIVE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emily Galpin
Experience: Former Executive Director – Camp Fire, Inc.-Amarillo, Education Director – Amarillo Botanical Garden; Executive Director – Bob Jones Nature Center; Masters in History and Archives; Board experience: City of Southlake Parks and Recreation Board, Southlake Historical Society, Keep Southlake Beautiful, Southlake Sister Cities, Women in the Environment; training with Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs; experienced informal educator including Camp Fire, Inc. and Bob Jones Nature Center; awards include Shining Star Award / Northeast Tarrant County Arts Council – 2000; City of Southlake Director’s Award – 2001 Ÿ Texas Forest Service Public Relations Award – with Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council – 2005 Ÿ Dallas Fort Worth Directors Association Volunteer Award – 2007 Ÿ Texas Recreation and Park Society-Regions 2 and 3 Conference Advocate of the Year Award – 2007 Ÿ Texas Recreation and Park Society Individual Award – 2008 Ÿ President’s Volunteer Service Award by the President’s Council on Civic Participation – 2008

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Michelle Sager
Experience: Certified Texas Animal Rehabber; trained and experienced Informal Education Instructor – Bob Jones Nature Center, City of Southlake, Texas Metro Rehabbers, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma; Facilitator Training for Project WILD/Project Aquatic/Growing Up WILD; Awards – Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Unsung Hero Award – 2012; Bob Jones Nature Center Volunteer of the Year Award – 2011; Bob Jones Nature Center Oak and Acorn Volunteer Award – 2007; Bob Jones Nature Center Acorn Community Group Award – 2006; Girl Scouts of Circle-T Council Outstanding Troop Leader – 2005; Girl Scout Temecula Service Unit Leader of the Year – 2001; community involvement includes Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitators – member, Vice President 2011-2012 • Women in the Environment – member • Horizon Homeschoolers – member • Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains – Leader, Service Team member, Adult Trainer • Living Word Lutheran Church – Vacation Bible School Director, Confirmation Small Group Leader, Wednesday Night Cherub Instructor • Christian Youth Theatre – costumer • National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association – member • Meals on Wheels • Starlight Association; employment development includes human resources, bookkeeping