Kelly Holland grew up in Maryland, where she fell in love with nature’s small beauties in her parent’s backyard garden and on the banks of the Potomac River. Following a passion for the arts, Kelly received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Salisbury University and a Master’s degree in art education at the University of Maryland. After teaching visual art for several years, she was drawn back outside to a position in Outdoor Education.

She has since relished the opportunity to introduce communities to the importance of environmental preservation and the joys of outdoor adventure, and hopes to continue to do so as the Community Outreach and Education Associate for Conserving Carolina. Kelly is thrilled to make western North Carolina her home through Project Conserve and cannot wait to explore. Kelly spends her free time along any river she can find – whitewater kayaking, hiking, creating art, and hunting for insects.