Manager of Early Childhood Programs
The Morton Arboretum
Glen Ellyn, Illinois,
Roles at NAAEE
Emilian Geczi's work history revolves around wonder and connection. Inspired by Rachel Carson's urging that we help young children establish a sense of wonder "so indestructible that it would last throughout life," Emilian worked for the Chicago Wilderness alliance as coordinator of its Leave No Child Inside initiative. In that position, he helped to align dozens of agencies and organizations for collective impact on the amount and quality of time children spent in nature. Emilian helped environmental educators and their allies connect, share best practices, attract additional resources, and jointly promote the importance of nature in childhood development. Then, Emilian joined the Center for Humans and Nature, where he worked to secure support for programs that promoted community, interdependence, and connectivity — among people and between people and the larger community of life.
Emilian has a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. He is a native of Romania.
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