Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center  
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466 | 253-565-9278
Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit; TaxID# 23-7450873  

 Full-time Staff

Emily Kalnicky, Ph.D.

Executive Director 

Dr. Emily A. Kalnicky’s lifelong career interest and passion for connecting youth and adults to nature began more than 15 years ago as a volunteer at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI, where she is from. She is passionate and committed to connecting people to nature as a means to improving quality of life (including physical and mental health), as well as protecting and conserving the environment.

In her most recent role as the Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Kalnicky supervised and trained a team of seasonal, full and part-time individuals in the development and administration of field trips, internships, interpretive signage, research, and outreach programming serving over 8,500 two year olds through Ph.D. level students, and over 400,000 guests annually. 

She holds a doctorate in ecology from Utah State University, a master’s in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and bachelor of science degrees in zoology, psychology, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since she was a child she has always cherished her time outdoors, whether it be for a walk, wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, canoeing, or daydreaming, and she believes that for all of us, our connection with nature is strong. When she is not found outdoors enjoying one of the activities listed, she can also be found dancing, baking, reading, playing board games, or spending time with friends and family.

Contact: emilyk@tahomaaudubon.org, (253) 565-9278


Part-time Staff

Brittany (Britt) McGrath

Volunteer & Environmental Education Coordinator

Britt McGrath’s interest in the way the environment shapes a person and how people shape the natural environment inspired her to complete a BS in Environmental Geography from University Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  During her time at UW-M, Britt helped launch the collegiate sailing team and was active in the raised bed gardens and permaculture student groups.

Her first experience with the National Audubon Society occurred while still working on completing her degree.  Britt was accepted into the W.I.N.G.S. internship program as an Environmental Educator at Wisconsin’s Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. This work fostered her exciting experiences in children’s education, working and teaching with Raptors and discovering her favorite bird: the Peregrine Falcon.

Dedication and passion to pursue a career in the environmental field brought Britt to Washington where she ran an urban farm and native plant nursery. Britt also assumed a leadership position in the community tree planting organization: Tacoma Needs Trees. Through her work with Pierce County’s Sustainable Resources Division, Britt has served as the point of contact for Multi-family Recycling Outreach which connected her to the broad spectrum of Tacoma’s diverse socio-economic communities. Carrying on this community connection, Britt is now the Programs Manager at Tacoma Tool Library.

Britt brings her professional and education background to Tahoma Audubon along with her upbeat personality and huge smile. Her personal form of self-expression embraces a deep connection with the natural environment, love of being outdoors, gardening, yoga and hula hooping.

Contact: bmcgrath@tahomaaudubon.org, 253-565-9278

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