John Root, Naturalist

23 Greenleaves Dr. #114, Amherst, MA 01002 * * (413) 961-9059


  • Certified Organic Landscape Professional, Northeast Organic Farming Association (2017) Apprentice Nurseryman, Tripple Brook Farm, Southampton, MA (2012-Present)
    Graduate Study in Botany, University of Maryland and UNC at Chapel Hill (1979-1981)

  • Science Teacher Certification, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD (1974)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (1972)

Teaching Experience

  • Presenter of nature and gardening programs at libraries, senior centers, schools, garden clubs, and other venues throughout New England (2005-Present)

  • Owner and Operator of “Our House Daycare” for preschool-aged children featuring nature and the arts, Amherst, MA (1987-1994)

  • Leader of “Arts and Adventure” church youth group, Amherst, MA (1985-1986)

  • Science Teacher, Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Baltimore, MD (1975-1976)

Activities and Civic Involvements

  • Chairman of Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, Amherst, MA (2015-2018)

  • Member of “Journey Home,” offering bedside sings for hospice and bedridden patients and their families in western Massachusetts (2014-Present)