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Teacher/Naturalist and Garden Coordinator

Nicolette Heaphy (she/her)

Teacher/Naturalist and Garden Coordinator

Nicolette was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Nicolette started her career at the San Francisco Zoo as a volunteer, intern and staff member in the Education Department. She managed the Volunteer Program, the ZooMobile program – taking small, exotic animals into classrooms to teach natural science lessons to students – as well as working as a Zoo Camp teacher and writing text for the Graphics Department. Nicolette has travelled extensively and is a dedicated life-long student of history. Working at Hidden Villa gives her the opportunity to share an entire ecosystem with students: the rare and precious resource of a small, organic farm surrounded by a largely intact wilderness area. After a year as a volunteer, she knew she had to work here! That was 20 years ago. Nicolette loves to lead tours with young students and see their eyes light up when they realize how connected they feel to the land and the farm. She loves to work with the volunteer community here as well as to tend the Education Garden. She has a deep fascination for the history of Hidden Villa as well. The book that made Nicolette a gardener is called How to Grow More Vegetables. It changed her life and let her know that anyone can grow their own organic food.