Carolyn Wagner is the Mighty Acorns Program Coordinator, whose program provides children opportunities to make nature connections through exploration and community based stewardship.  Carolyn has been involved in Mighty Acorns at The Conservation Foundation for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer in 1998 before becoming an employee.

Carolyn received a B.S. in Botany from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University.  She began her career in education as high school biology teacher, but the outdoors beckoned.  Before landing at The Conservation Foundation, she was fortunate to have worked alongside highly respected scientists and educators at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lincoln Park Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison, WI), and The Morton Arboretum.

Carolyn lives in Naperville with her husband John and two cats.  They have three adult children- Ted, Laura, and Julianne, as well as a daughter –in-law Becky.  Carolyn loves to cook, garden, read, travel, and explore natural areas.