Naturalist

Growing up in Crow’s Creek, a branch of Oak Cliff’s Five Mile Creek, Kristi Kerr Leonard is at home in nature, and has had a lifelong love of it. In fact, she was thrilled to find her tribe in 2014 when she became a Certified North Texas Master Naturalist. Her breadth of knowledge embraces history, medicinal and edible plants, trees, geology, and native American Indians.

Nature Explorer

Today, Kristi a guide and teacher, and one of Dallas’ most passionate advocates of its greenspaces. She is dedicated to sharing how much there is to appreciate about them. Kristi truly believes “Once you experience our city’s most coveted greenspaces, you’ll understand just how important they are.”

Kristi Leading Junior class hikes on Pioneer EnglishHistory research for the Episcopal School of Dallas
Leading Junior class hikes on Pioneer English/History research for the Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD).  At ESD’s outdoor ranch, Wolf Run, with Bob Richie and Kristi Kerr Leonard. Students – and leaders – thrilled to find a turtle shell in the prairie.
The Guide

A natural explorer, Kristi has led hikes at historic Piedmont Ridge Trail and the Comanche Storytelling Place, Trinity Park Overlook Trail for Trinity Park ConservancySpring Creek Preserve for the City of Richardson and many full moon hikes for her daring and adventurous friends.

In fact, Kristi has also led educational hikes into The Great Trinity Forest with District 5 City Councilman Rickey D. Callahan and Neighbor Up General Manager Edie Diaz, as well as with Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire Department employees, City Prosecutors, and Code Compliance through the Great Trinity Forest with co-leader anthropologist, Linda Pelon.

Warning to the timid:  Kristi does not always follow paths as she often prefers to blaze her own trail! Therefore, hiking with Kristi is sure to be an adventure!

Leading Educational Hike at Spring Creek Forest Preserve
Kristi Kerr Leonard, leading an educational hike at Spring Creek Forest Preserve See this interpretive guide if you wish to visit the preserve, interpretive guide.
The Teacher

True to her passion, Kristi thoroughly enjoys teaching 4th graders at the first Junior Master Naturalist class in the country at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

“I fervently believe that people protect what they love. And when they are given the opportunity to actually be ‘in’ the outdoors and ‘present’ to nature, they experience a sense of calm and relaxation. In fact, there are many proven psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits to surrounding oneself in nature’s endless wonders, be it among trees, plants, wildlife, rivers, the oceans and more.  Once we allow those endorphins to kick in, we fall in love and do what we can to protect our earth.”

Educate on the Beauty and the Issues City of Dallas Code Compliance
After an introductory hike through the Great Trinity Forest with Linda Pelon, anthropologist and Kristi Kerr Leonard, to educate on the beauty and the issues of the forest. With City of Dallas code compliance, police, and other officials; Edie Diaz, General Manager for Neighbor Up
Interested in joining?

If you would like to attend one of her nature hikes or schedule your own contact Kristi today.