“I have had the supreme and sublime honor of accompanying Arianna on several educational walks during which she identified wild edible and medicinal plants — known to most of us uninitiated folk as “weeds.” Arianna’s knowledge, warmth and generosity are without bounds. When I joined other wild food enthusiasts for rambles at her home, I was thrilled to attend feasts comprised almost exclusively of cooked and raw wild plants. The meals were beautiful representations of Arianna’s skill, passion and hard work — it’s real labor to gather all the berries, leaves and flowers required to feed ten or more people! The soup, salads, quiches, stirfrys, pestos, wine and teas were amazing. Because of Arianna’s teaching, just yesterday, I gathered the delicious purslane (formerly known to me as an ugly, and unwanted gnarly weed) growing on my property and then added it to lettuce for a lovely mixed wild and cultivated salad. The feeling of eating food that is clean, ancient, fresh and wild is indescribably moving in a deeply embodied and soulful way. I feel connected to my ancestors and the earth in a manner that was completely unfamiliar and at the same time profoundly familiar. I am grateful to Arianna for these great and important experiences and I look forward to learning much more from her.”
Valerie Joseph, Ph.D., AEMES Mentoring Coordinator, Smith College, July 2018

“I have known Arianna since 2017 when I started taking her wild edibles workshops through the Ashfield Rod & Gun Club. I find Arianna to be personable and welcoming. She is skilled and knowledgeable in wild edibles and presents her material in a friendly, generous way. She goes over plant identification and habitat and the season in which parts of the plant are edible. Then she presents participants with a feast and goes over ingredients and preparation. I recommend her as naturalist instructor.” Jeff Prost, Architectural Engineer / Draftsman, Marois Construction Co., July 2020

“If you want to learn about wild edibles Arianna Collins can help you out. Being an outdoor person and hunter all my life it only made since to learn about what nature provides . Her courses were fun and practical and added to my enjoyment of the outdoors. She is a very good communicator and knows her material.” Jack, Shea, Director Eaglebrook Mt Club (retired), Head Alpine Coach (retired) July 2020

“Arianna was an excellent mentor in her ability to share her techniques and philosophies while encouraging me to develop my own unique set of skills…I would highly recommend Arianna not only as an educator of both students and adults, but also as a facilitator or trainer for current and aspiring professionals in the field of environmental education.” Tamara Whitmore, Education Director, Friends of The Cobbossee Watershed

“Arianna is so knowledgeable and shares it in an inviting way.” Brenda Kennedy, Outdoor Access

“Arianna, you continue to inspire my own foray into outdoor education. You will always be my role model for being an educator!” Amy Hinshaw-Zingo, Educator

“The amazing work you’ve done nurturing our youngsters will have rippling effects in their lives … and in mine.” Franklin Chrisco, Teacher, Oak Grove School

“Many times I have consulted with Arianna about curriculum development, as she is such an incredible resource. Her input and ideas have been insurmountably valuable and I have been incredibly grateful, as I have watched my students benefit from integrated, engaging, in-depth environmental education.” Jennifer Chapin, Teacher

“Arianna is an inspired teacher and entertainer. Her programs were fun, educational, well planned, and safety oriented. She has a broad knowledge of natural history and educational methods.” Mary Shanley-Koeber, (former) Sanctuary Director, Massachusetts Audubon Society at Arcadia

“Arianna successfully weaves her curriculum through many mediums. She provides the children with in depth material in a variety of ways…The variety of material keeps the children curious and engaged…As a staff member, I have appreciated Arianna’s willingness to share her ideas and excitement about her material as well as her ability to collaborate with staff.” Laureen Reavey, Pre-School Teacher, Neighborhood Schoolhouse

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“I’m so grateful for your pr…if each of us could help others in the ways you help me, this world would rock big time.” Bradford Glass, Life Coach, The Road Not Taken

Arianna MC“I would highly recommend Arianna as the coordinator of any project that requires a passionate and visionary leader.” Emily Rowe, Operations Coordinator, Center for Northern Woodlands Education

“She is a can-do person and the one you want to have on your organizing team.” Coleen O’Connell, Lesley University

“Arianna has been an invaluable asset to our planning process for the Revisioning Sustainability Conference. She is an incredibly capable, resourceful, and enthusiastic worker. She supported our team with fundraising and budget management, crunching numbers and training staff to solicit sponsors. She also served as a sounding board, providing guidance and support in conference management, and was able to draw from her diverse skill set to fill in gaps for our planning team when needed. Arianna has a true passion for her work, bringing excitement and energy to everything she does, and I’ve been so grateful to have her as a resource.” Meg Little, UMass Auxiliary Enterprises

“You are the BEST community resource person!”  Emilie Hamilton

“Arianna has been promoting my company and has been particularly effective in exploring so many avenues of outreach: local and regional newspapers, interest groups, the internet, public meetings and so on. I am very pleased that she has provided so much support and endorsement for my activities.” Tom Leue, Homestead, Inc.

“We really enjoyed working with Arianna, she was very thorough and paid good attention to details and really worked hard to coordinate her work with that of our staff. She did a great job recruiting sponsors for our event, including many new organizations and businesses.” Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, Connecticut River Watershed Council

NEEEA Conference Closing Circle

NEEEA Conference Closing Circle

“Arianna brought a wealth of professional knowledge and connections with her…and her excellent interpersonal skills were critical to this position.  Our conference was considered a success by the Conference Committee, NEEEA Board, and many of our colleagues who attended… Arianna was delightful to work with, and our conference would not have been the same without her.” Cynthia Menard, Owner, Withywindle Nature Programs

“Arianna was an amazing co-chair and fundraiser for the Conference of the New England Environmental Education Alliance!” Drew Dumsch, Executive Director, Ferry Beach Ecology School

“Arianna has demonstrated a high level of professionalism as well as the ability to work with diverse stakeholders groups…” Edgar Alejandro, Economic & Community Development Manager, Western Massachusetts Electric Company

“Arianna is talented at bringing order and beauty to any environment, and impeccable in maintaining organization in all aspects of her work…” Susan Reyes, Science and Sustainability Educator

“Arianna is a dedicated and conscientious worker who is creative, flexible and enjoys enhancing the work. She learns quickly and is able and willing to assist, to take on a multitude of tasks and to see projects through to the end. She has a vivacious and personable spirit that makes it easy and fun to work together. Arianna’s presence and promotion of our organization is an asset and a blessing.” Satyena Ananda, Director, Starseed Healing Sanctuary

It’s so refreshing to see a really professional job.  Kudos to Arianna!” Sally Sanford, monthly Starseed e-news reader and graphics designer

JSS Championship 2008 AAG Presenting Awards by ClayTurnbull sm“Arianna  was always approachable, easy to communicate with, and a true pleasure to work with… she has been a strong collaborator, working with other organizations to build partnerships that improved the JSS program…Probably most impressive is how Arianna strived to be a responsible steward of tax-payer dollars. She routinely identified way to save money, enlisted the support of volunteers, and partnered with local donors to reduce program operational costs.” Ashley Wade, Youth Science Program Manager, US Army Research Office

 “I recommend her highly as an energetic program director, and as someone who identifies and pursues win-win partnerships. [Additionally} Arianna did such a terrific job with cross-promotion that the (Educators’ Summit) event over subscribed… Evaluations of the event were stellar…” Jennifer Marrapese, Executive Director, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association   

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