John Root, Naturalist

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


  • Certified Organic Landscaping Professional, Northeast Organic Farming Association (2017)

  • Graduate Study in Botany, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1977-1979)

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

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

Teaching Experience

  • Presenter of gardening and nature interpretation programs throughout New England at libraries, senior centers, long term care centers, and other venues (2006-Present)
  • Leader of edible wild plants walks throughout Massachusetts (2008-Present)

  • Owner of "Our House,” a home daycare featuring arts and nature exploration (1988-1994)

  • Leader of “Arts and Adventure” church youth group, Amherst, MA (1990-1991)

  • Science Teacher, Booker T. Washington JHS, Baltimore, MD (1975-1976)

Activities and Civic Involvements

  • Organizer with Western Mass Pollinator Networks promoting the establishment of pollinator habitat on public and private land (2018-Present)

  • Member of “Journey Home,” offering bedside sings to hospice patients and their families in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts (2014-Present)

  • Member and Chair of Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, Amherst, MA (2008-2018)