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    Columbia, South Carolina July 13-16, 2016

    2016 Keynote Presentations

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    Kaiulani Lee, A Sense of Wonder, Thursday July 14

    About A Sense of Wonder

    Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, the play A Sense of Wonder has been touring the United States for over twenty years. Based on the life of Rachel Carson and her experiences following the publication of Silent Spring, the play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. Through the story of Carson’s inspirational legacy, the play explores our deep bond with the natural world and the value of taking a stand to protect it. Kaiulani has performed A Sense of Wonder at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, at the Department of the Interior's 150th anniversary, and in 2007 performed on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress. A Sense of Wonder has played in every Canadian province, in England, Italy, India, and Japan.

    Kaiulani Lee has more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television, having starred in over a dozen plays on and off Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.”

    On July 14, the symposium will take a trip to Heathwood Hall school for educational sessions, dinner, and a performance of A Sense of Wonder in the Heathwood Hall school theatre. (excursion is included in Thursday symposium registration)




    Kaifa Anderson-Hall, Transforming People and Place through the Power of Plants, Saturday July 16

    About Kaifa Anderson-Hall

    Kaifa Anderson-Hall has more than thirty years’ combined experience as a social service and horticultural/environmental education professional advancing the holistic well-being of youth, families and communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  With a BA in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree, Kaifa spent a number of years working for social service organizations and non-profits serving the needs of diverse groups of people, from at-risk expecting mothers to pre-adjudicated youth.  In 2005 while working as Social Worker and Family Support Coordinator at the charter school she co-founded, Kaifa took the DC Master Gardeners course and began volunteering at the Washington Youth Garden, a forty-five year old hands-on garden education program at the US National Arboretum, whose programs she attended growing up in DC.  In 2007 Kaifa became the Program Director for the Washington Youth Garden, a position she held until 2012. 

    Today Ms. Anderson-Hall works in a variety of capacities to connect and transform people and places through the power of plants.  As a passionate advocate and service provider for different abilities and special needs communities, Kaifa obtained certification from the Horticultural Therapy Institute and works as a Horticulture Specialist/Therapist for individuals with differing abilities, both intellectual and physical.  Her mission is to grow awareness and use of horticultural therapy as a dynamic and enabling health and wellness treatment modality for populations of all ages and abilities. She also works with local non-profits to use land-based and urban greening applications as a platform for youth and community empowerment, including work with Beet Street Gardens, Nature’s Friends, the Arboretum Recreation Center, and continuing work with the Washington Youth Garden as an Advisory Council Member.   She is also the proprietor of Inspired Horticulture Services, Inc. where she furthers her work by way of garden design, horticulture education, and program development and facilitation.