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.
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.”
A natural explorer, Kristi has led hikes at historic Piedmont Ridge Trail and the Comanche Storytelling Place, Trinity Park Overlook Trail for Trinity Park Conservancy, Spring 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!
“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.”
Interested in joining?
If you would like to attend one of her nature hikes or schedule your own contact Kristi today.