Director of Education
Marie Long joined the Garden as Director of Education in 2019. She has 20 years of experience in education, interpretation and audience engagement at three nonprofit museums: The Living Desert, Palm Springs Desert Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She has extensive experience in environmental education, interpretation, community engagement and teaching desert ecology. Marie has provided international expertise and advised on best practices regarding visitor services, interpretation, and management plans for the United Arab Emirates Desert National Park, Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, Jordan and Siberian Association for Interpretation in Russia. Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of South Carolina, and applied science degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University and is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Host from the National Association for Interpretation.